Report by Pravat Kumar Pattanaik; Bhubaneswar:
DPCL(Dhamara port corporation limited), a deep-sea port jointly promoted by country’s two leading business houses Tata steel and Larsen and Turbo(L&T) started commercial operation initially with two berths. Company authority plans to ramp up the berth capacity to 13 to make the port fully operational.
After 45 years Orissa its got second port in Dhamara, a sea side area in Bhadrak district. In a sunny afternoon Orissa’s chief minister Naven Kumar Pattanaik inaugurates LT of the port. He said, ‘To the infrastructure development of Orissa DPCL proves to be a milestone. Infrastructure is the key to development. With rapid economic growth lots of opportunity arises. To tap this potential we have to prepare ourselves.”
He urges to give more direct and indirect employment to the people affected by this project. DPCL authority to look after this subject, he added.
To built DPCL 74 villages displaced by district authority. DPCL is the first deep-sea port of Orissa and third in India. It is capable to handle cape size cargo basically coming from Australia and China. By end of second quarter of this fiscal company’s investment in DPCL at Rs 3500 crores. The cargo handling capacity of this new port is one lakh 80 thousand tones.
In the inaugural occasion shipping secretary of India K Mohandas said, “DPCL is landmark in maritime development of the state as well as for the country. The present port capacity of the country is not adequate for the type of economic growth India had seen in last 5 years. Now, port capacity of the county is near about plus billion tones. To provide quality service to the importer and exporter we have to multiply port capacity three times by 2020.
He calls the state government to provide necessary infrastructure connectivity to the port.”
Bijay Pattanaik, chief secretary, Orissa government said, “ Orissa first port Paradeep Port Trust(PPT) stated its operation 45 years back. After so many years state got its second port. He asserted that after completion of 5 years ownership of this port comes to Orissa government.
Chairman of DPCL, Y M Deosthali who is also the Managing Director of L&T finance said, “We have to stay here for long period. Company plans to build dedicated terminals here.
A consortium of 8 nationalized bank lead by IDBI Bank arrange financial support for this project.
Other dignitaries present this occasion are states shiping minister Sanjeev Sahoo, Tourism minister Praffula Samal, Secretary Gagan Dhal, Local MLA Bijay Nayak, Bijaysree Routray, Jugal Kishore Pattanaik, district collector Akhaya Pani, Zilla parishad president Jaganath Swain and Tata steel official Sandeep Biswas.