On 7 April 2018, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of the Adani Group, inaugurated the Phase II expansion of Dhamra Port in Odisha (India).
The inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik as well as Shri Nrusingha Charan Sahoo, Hon’ble Minister, Commerce & Transport; Shri Bijyashree Routray, Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment; Shri Prafulla Samal, Hon’ble Minister, Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Women & Child Development & (Mission Shakti), Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises along with Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group; Karan Adani, CEO of APSEZ and other dignitaries and company officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said: "The Dhamra Port is a model of modern maritime trade in Odisha and a successful example of the PPP model. The industrial park being set up by Adani will unleash large scale industrialisation in the area and create employment opportunities".
“This is a very proud moment for all of us in Odisha as well as the entire country. The Phase II expansion of Dhamra Port will not only make Dhamra India’s largest port but will also serve as India’s major gateway for trade with Southeast Asian nations. We would like to sincerely thank all the government officials for their support in completing this expansion which will enhance growth, trade and industry for Odisha and India”, said Chairman of Adani Group, Gautam Adani.
Speaking on the occasion, CEO of APSEZ, Karan Adani, said: “We are delighted by the speed of execution of our teams that completed this expansion of the Phase II of Dhamra Port way before schedule. This expansion will help us achieve our vision 2020 of 200 million t, well ahead of time and we now aim to touch 500 million t by the year 2025. We acknowledge the support of Government of Odisha which enabled us to achieve this feat which renews our conviction and commitment to make Adani Dhamra Port an island of excellence, not only for Odisha but also for India.”
The phase II expansion of Dhamra Port, is expected to increase the cargo handling capacity of the port to over 100 million tpy, up from 25 million tpa currently handled. The company deployed a workforce of more than 3000 with around 88% being locals employed for the phase II expansion. The port is located at 215 km from Bhubaneswar and is situated between Haldia in West Bengal and Paradip in Odisha. The port serves as a gateway to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the entire geopolitical region including the ASEAN region.
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