Shri M.T. Krishna Babu, IAS, Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust unfurled the National Flag on the 72 nd Independence Day Celebrations at Port Stadium on 15.08.2018. Shri P.L. Haranadh, IRTS, Deputy Chairman, Trustees, Heads of Departments, Senior Officers, Employees, Staff, CISF contingent, School Children participated.
Addressing the gathering, Chairman paying tributes to those sacrificed their lives in the freedom movement, saluted the defence personnel of the Armed forces and conveyed greetings to all the shipping and port fraternity. Chairman informed that VPT handled 63.54 Million Tonnes during 2017-18 with an incremental cargo of 2.52 Million Tonnes and a growth rate of more than 4% and happy that VPT now ranks 4th position among Major Ports and attributed this achievement to the workers, employees, officers, PPP Operators, Stevedores and Shipping Agents.
Chairman informed that two major projects have been completed and commissioned in the year 2018 and Phase-1 mechanization of iron ore handling in outer harbor is completed at a cost of Rs.580.89 crores on PPP mode and some of the major projects are in progress. Chairman further stated that VPT is committed to protect the environment by adopting comprehensive Environment Management System and major initiatives have been undertaken to curb dust pollution and air pollution. Chairman has also stated that as a responsible Corporate citizen, Visakhapatnam Port has taken up lot of social welfare activities in the areas of Education, Health, Sanitation and Skill Development for the benefit of the people in the immediate settlement and has allocated Rs.30.44 crores towards Swachhta Action Plan for the year 2018-19. Chairman further reiterated that VPT is declared as 2nd Cleanest Port for the second year in succession under Swachh Bharat Mission, VPT is placed in the top slot “Good category in Port Performance by Dun & Bradstreet on the feedback from stakeholders and also was awarded 1st prize in industrial category as part of AP Green Awards 2017.
Chairman in conclusion stated that let us rededicate ourselves for achieving continual improvement and enhancement in service quality to meet the expectations of the Trade and contribute towards the ultimate goal of facilitating targeted economic growth and thanked one for their support and gave away Citations to those who worked with dedication and devotion towards their duty.