Paradip Port capacity to touch 250 mt: PPT chairman

Paradip: The capacity of the Paradip Port will be enhanced from present 57 MTs to handle 250 MTs of carogo during next decade, its chairman G J Rao said here on Thursday. Rao said this after unfurling the port flag on the occasion of auspicious "Kartika Purnima" and "Port Day".

The PPT chairman handed over "Shuva Kalasa" – holy earthern pot – to seven Sadhavas – symbolic merchants – to be placed in a decorated boita – ship -, popularly known as "Boita Bandan", the symbolic celebration of the state`s maritime past.

Rao presided over the state level function as the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik did not turn on the occasion. Patnaik was not taking part in any celebration due to the devastating floods this year.

Odisha had a rich maritime history. However, it was came to a halt between 12th and 19th century. But, late Biju Patnaik, the legendary figure of Odisha had set up the Paradip Port, which is one of the mjor ports now in the country, Rao said.

The sadhavas of Kalinga – the ancient name of Odisha – on this day ventured into the sea for business in Java, Sumatra and Bornio with the help of northern wind. Before their departure, the boitas were worshipped by wives of sadhavas – known as Sadhavanis – so that they will be saved from anykind of eventuality in the mid-sea by the blessings of goddess "Mangala".

Among others, the deputy chairman, A C bose, Secretary N K Mishra attended the colourful function.