Port Personality of the Year award bestowed to – Dr P. D. Vaghela, IAS, Chairman, Kandla Port Trust and Port of the Year award to Kandla Port

 

 

Under the leadership of Dr. P.D. Vaghela, IAS, Chairman, Kandla Port has developed a coherent and competitive strategy to achieve and retain its ‘Numero Uno’ position for the fifth consecutive years.  As overall in-charge of the Port’s administration, he used a series of measures in all spheres with efficiency, productivity, cost-effectiveness, transparency and customer focus to further enhance the Port’s throughput.     The setting up of an Indian Maritime University campus by Kandla Port Trust, new PPP projects at berth Nos. 13, 15, 16, the IFFCO jetty, and Vessel Traffic Management System for the Gulf of Kutch at Kandla were all made possible due to the insight & vision of Dr. Vaghela    Notably, the CSR activities in the region are taking shapes through his seamless efforts.

 

 Dr P. D. Vaghela, IAS, Chairman of Kandla Port Trust is thus the unanimous choice for “Port Personality  of the Year” award and the Kandla Port for the “ Port of the Year “ Award.  

 

The Kandla Port Trust and Mr. PD Vaghela, Chairman, KPT, feels proud of these achievements and take this opportunity to extend sincere thanks to the Trade of India, highly innovative Port Users, the ever friendly media, Trustees and the dedicated workforce and their union leaders for their unrelenting support, co-operation and appreciation without which the Port could not have attained the position it holds in the Indian Port Sector today.  

 

 

Kandla Port retains its glory and Number - 1 position for the fifth year in a row by crossing the Ministry’s cargo handling target of 89.00 Million Metric Tons mark during the fiscal 2012-13 and Creates National History in Cargo Handling by attaining 93.63 Million Metric Tons mark, 13% increase over the last year’s traffic of 82.501 MMT.    There is an increase of 11.12 MMTs. The Port’s throughput was impressive, considering the fact that the Port utilized more than its total cargo handling capacity of 92.02 MMT and the fact that all major ports together has registered a minus growth rate of (-) 2.58%. The performance is hence more commendable as it came despite continuing impact of Global economic recession and Industrial slowdown in the country's economy. 

 

 

The Kandla Port Trust and Mr. PD Vaghela, Chairman, KPT, feels proud of these achievements and take this opportunity to extend sincere thanks to the Trade of India, highly innovative Port Users, the ever friendly media, Trustees and the dedicated workforce and their union leaders for their unrelenting support, co-operation and appreciation without which the Port could not have attained the position it holds in the Indian Port Sector today.  

 

 

Amongst the twelve Major Ports in the country, Kandla occupies an enviable position, both in terms of International Maritime Trade tonnage handled and financial stability and self-sufficiency attained year after year.

 

Kandla -  A gate-way to the north-western part of India consisting of a vast hinterland of 1 million sq. kms. Stretched throughout 9 States from Gujarat to Jammu & Kashmir, the Kandla Port has a unique locational advantage.  The Port’s hinterland is well connected with infrastructural net-work of  Broad Gauge railway systems as well as States and National Highways.

Kandla Port has emerged as NUMERO UNO amongst all the Major Ports in India., in recent years.   It has achieved several milestones and is still heading towards achieving new records.    For development and modernization of Port Infrastructure, Kandla Port has embarked upon to Set up a Mega state-of-art Container Terminal at Tuna- Tekra,  in Gulf of Kutch outside Kandla Creek  on BOT Basis under PPP Mode at an estimated cost of Rs 5992 cr for handling containerized cargo through deep draughted vessels.       The Tuna-Tekra area is about 10 kms on south of existing Tuna Port, which is well connected with existing National Highway 8 A through two lane wide road connectivity, which will be widened to six lane in phased manner. Within next one year, the Tuna Port will also be provided with Broad Gauge rail connectivity, for which Western Railway Authorities has already been awarded the Project.

Further, in the last 4 years, Kandla Port has taken major development which are noteworthy for any Government Port.

(i)            Kandla Port has added 30 million cargo handling in the last 4 years which is 44% jump which is one of the highest amongst all the Major Ports of India.

(ii)           Kandla Port has increased its Customs Bound area from 66 hectares to 140 hectares thereby increasing the existing storage area by 112%.

(iii)          In the last 4 years Kandla has increased covered godown capacity from 3.58,000 tonnes to 6,47,000 tonnes i.e. 80% increase in just 4 years.

(iv)         Same way internal Railway lines of Kandla Port have increased from 13 kilometers to 20 kilometers. Thus increase than more than 50%. If you consider 22 kms. Railway line under construction, the increase will be 223%.

(v)          Also when it comes to navigation Kandla Port has added 6 Floating Tugs to existing 7 tugs (more than 50%) mooring launches from 6 to 10, 4 mobile cranes have been added to existing 12 cranes (33%).

Thus, Port of Kandla is all set and committed to fulfill its vision to be a Global Logistic Hub in the Asian continent.