Distinguished Stakeholders, Trade Partners and Colleagues,
As you are aware, Deendayal Port is a modern Major Port of India rendering cost effective services to our Customers. DPA endeavours to continually enhance and upgrade its capabilities in a holistic manner.
Deendayal Port has retained the number one position in respect of volumes handled among the Major Ports consecutively for 14 years. This has been made possible due to support from Port-Users and the shipping fraternity, as well as the efforts put in by the Port Staff. During the fiscal 2020-21, we handled 117.5 million tonnesof cargo despite the low demand-supply situation prevailing on account of the pandemic and two cargo berths spared for maintenance. The Port has registered a total throughput of 85.195 MMT in 2021-22 (Apr-Nov) attaining a growth of 15.35% over the corresponding period of 2020-21, when the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the throughput. The growth has indeed been encouraging and we hope to achieve the targeted throughput by the end of the financial year and retain Number One position among all the Major Ports of India.DPA has adopted and implemented new efficiency norms which increased the productivity of Liquid Cargo berths by 24% and Dry Cargo berths by 16%.
Deendayal Port has also taken several steps to ease the cumbersome procedures in shipping formalities and to make it business friendly. For this purpose, we have introduced e-tendering, e-procurement, e-auction, Port Community System (PCS), ERP-EBS, Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS), etc. The Port has been taking various steps to implement Green-Port initiatives, Digital Initiatives, Ease of Doing Business to provide the facilities and services that are user-friendly and transparent for the Shipping Industry. Deendayal Port Auhtority has always been at the forefront when it comes to development of infrastructure for fast evacuation of cargo at the most competitive rates.We have continued to serve the trade efficiently even during the difficult period of pandemic.
Recently, DPA has operationalized Ro-Ro/Ro-Pax Ferry Servicesbetween Ghogha-Hazira. Further, the Ro-Pax Service from Muldwarka&Pipavav are also under implementation.
DPA has been adjudged as Best Major Port of the Year by all the leading Agencies & Publications with regard to handling of cargo and safety parameters at the Port. Here, I would like to emphasize that safe working environment in any organisation, like ours’ has direct bearing upon day-to-day output. The safety of life is important, and at the same time, safety of equipment and machineries is also important. I appeal to all the stakeholders to follow all the safety precautions. If the employees, plant and machineries are safe, then only the organisation can prosper and remain safe.
I am pleased to state that DPA has always been on the forefront for welfare activities in and around the Gandhidham Complex by way of CSR funding for development activities of Schools, Hospitals, Civic facilities viz. roads, drainage system, community halls and has always been contributing towards the social, economic and environmental causes.
DPA has been at the frontline for providing welfare facilities during the Covid pandemic as well. DPA donated 2 Nos. Ventilators to Taluka Health Officer, State Govt. of Gujarat and installed 4 Nos. Oxygen Plants at Gopalpuri, Rambaug& Bhavnagarby incurring more than Rs.3 crores from CSR Fund.
I request the business fraternity to consider and make use of the all-weather Port of DPA which operates at the lowest handling cost, to achieve the vision of increasing trade and contributing to the country’s goal of becoming a 5 Trillion Economy. In this regard, any ideas/queries/suggestions are welcome and I assure you that the same will be whole heartedly addressed by DPA Management.
On behalf of the entire DPA Family, I wish You Happy New Year – 2022.
With Best Wishes,
S.K. Mehta, IFS
Deendayal Port Authority