Paradip: A massive fire broke out at the Mechanical Coal Handling Plant (MCHP) on the premises of Paradip port on Saturday.
The incident was reported yesterday evening at the MCHP which is a completely prohibited area.
No casualties or injuries have been reported in the mishap. However, some machines and boom conveyer belt have been reduced to ashes, reports said.
The coal handling works came to a halt due to the fire mishap.
On being informed, the fire brigade team of Paradip port rushed to the spot and brought the inferno under control. The fire personnel reportedly took more than one hour to douse the blaze.
Though the exact reason behind the fire mishap is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that the wielding works inside the plant might have triggered the fire.
Port authorities have swung into action and started repairing of the damaged part to resume work at the earliest.
Meanwhile, an investigation into the cause of the incident has begun.
Notably, Paradip port is only one among other major ports in the country which handled a record volume of 114.5 million metric tonnes of cargo during the last financial year.
India’s second-biggest state-owned port achieved the feat despite all odds including pandemic crisis and natural calamities, especially cyclonic storms.
According to sources, the port has handled more than 100 million metric tonnes of cargo for the fourth consecutive year. In 2018-19, the port had handled 112 million metric tonnes of cargo.