12 December, Gopalpur (Odisha)
Devastated by severe Cyclone Phailin in October, 2013 followed by Hud Hud in 2014, the Gopalpur Port finally recommissioned its maiden shipment Saturday.
Odisha Commerce and Transport Minister Ramesh Chandara Majhi inaugurated the shipment in presence of Managing Director of the port Mahimananda Mishra and other dignitaries. The Port had commenced its commercial operations and trial shipments during April, 2013 but unfortunately the infrastructure was devastated due to the two severe cyclone. Located on the East Coast of India, Gopalpur port is considered as one of the most environment friendly ports in the region.
Strategically located between Paradeep and Visakhapatnam, it is developed on a four km stretch of Coast line and is well connected by Road and Rail.
Gopalpur Port presently has adequate stack yard space for storage of Bulk and Break Bulk Cargo and it is planned with provision for upgradation as per the traffic growth.
Besides the open stack yards, there are 15 covered sheds with a total area of 12,000 sq m for storage of break bulk cargoes.
Quick evacuation of the cargo would be through NH 516, a two-lane road upgradable to eight lanes in future connecting NH -16 (erstwhile NH-5) which is six kms away. An effective rail network within the Port has enabled faster evacuation of cargo.
Mishra said ”the Goplapur port will serve the factories and the mineral rich hinterland of Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.” The Port facilities are being developed to provide the lowest cost and most efficient option for users in this area.
Presently the Port has one multipurpose berth with semi mechanised handling facilities giving versatility in handling all types of cargo, whether import or export.