Andhra Pradesh

Vizag port adjudged 2nd cleanest in India

Setting an example: Visakhapatnam port has set up a 10 MW solar power plant to cater to its energy needs.

Setting an example: Visakhapatnam port has set up a 10 MW solar power plant to cater to its energy needs.  

VPT bags Swachh Survekshan award for the third consecutive year

The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has been adjudged the second cleanest on the basis of sanitation parameters among the major ports in the country, for the third consecutive year. The selection was made on the basis of an independent assessment made by the Union Ministry of Shipping.

The VPT has received the Swachh Survekshan award for the third time in a row ever since the award was introduced. The New Mangalore Port has received the top honours for the second time. Haldia Port was adjudged the cleanest in the country when the award was instituted.

Interestingly, VPT Chairman M.T. Krishna Babu held the additional charge as the head of Haldia and New Mangalore ports when those bagged the top slots in maintaining cleanliness among the major ports. This year, the VPT has bagged the second prize in implementation of ‘Swacchta Pakhwada’ programme. According to the port officials, several measures have been initiated to ensure cleanliness.

Green measures

The port has invested more than ₹200 crore to shed the ‘dirty port’ tag attached to it a few years ago, by implementing mechanisation programme in a big way.

Several green measures have also been implemented. Recycling of 10 million gallons per day of sewage water, commissioning of a 10 MW solar power plant and supply of the surplus power to the State grid, entrusting the maintenance of toilets in port area to Sulabh International and construction of a soccer stadium-type wall around the port to prevent the spread of dust particles are to name a few.

“The Ministry has engaged Quality Council of India (QCI) to make the assessment and we have retained the position for the third time consecutively. We have not only dispensed with the old file system, but also cleared the debris, ensured seamless connectivity and 100% e-filing and governance,” VPT Deputy Chairman P.L. Haranadh told The Hindu on Thursday.

Referring to the implementation of ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’, he said it has been made a regular activity by involving the stakeholders and people living in the port neighbourhood.

“The port has spent ₹60 crore on solar power plants so far. Plans are also afoot to enhance its power generation capacity by another 5 MW,” Mr. Haranadh said.

Road cleaning

Stating that handling dry bulk cargo such as iron ore, coking coal and manganese and maintaining cleanliness as per the international standards was a Herculean task, he said they had also introduced mechanised road cleaning and truck tyre washing system to ensure that no vehicle entering the port area would leave, carrying dust.

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