Industries in Vizag. show firm resolve to bounce back

Updated - November 17, 2021 11:04 am IST

Published - October 19, 2014 07:44 pm IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

A crane salvaging a damaged mechanised boat from the fishing harbour in the aftermath of the Hudhud cyclone in Visakhapatnam. Photo: K.R. Deepak

A crane salvaging a damaged mechanised boat from the fishing harbour in the aftermath of the Hudhud cyclone in Visakhapatnam. Photo: K.R. Deepak

The managements and the workforce of various industries in the city have showed their strong determination to bounce back and revive their brand image despite the devastation caused in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud.

Even as the industrial production has come to a grinding halt with collapse of transmission towers and grid failure on October 12, the setting in motion of the contingency plan and all-out effort to minimise the operational loss by the managements and the workforce has brought a groundswell of support from all over the world to the strong resolve of Vizagites to come back to recovery path.

NTPC Simhadri Super Thermal Station, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, and Visakhapatnam Port Trust are ahead of others in reviving their operations. HPCL Visakh Refinery is also waiting for power supply to restart operations after its top brass air-dashed to the city for an on-the-spot inspection of havoc wrought by Hudhud.

Several NRIs profusely praised the strong will of Vizagites to get back to recovery mode in shortest possible time. On micro blogging sites Twitter and Facebook they were fully praised. “Our determination and confidence level has brought us world-wide support and appreciation,” says CII Vizag zone vice-chairman Neeraj Sarda.

In a rare gesture, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu himself visited the VSP to congratulate the management and its employees on reviving the coke ovens safely so as to launch the process for steelmaking.

NTPC Simhadri, which has 2,000 MW plant at Parawada, has already resumed production with AP Transco providing power on emergency basis for start-up operations. “We are trying to ensure normal production,” Group General Manager A.K. Samanta has said.

“Though rebuilding Vizag is a big challenge ahead for all the stakeholders, the need of the hour is to initiate confidence-building measures to bounce back, restore normalcy and continue our efforts to showcase Destination Visakhapatnam for investments,” says Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman M.T. Krishna Babu.

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