Rinkesh-Roy-IRTSBhubaneswar, 24 Dec 2015 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): 1992-batch Indian Railways Traffic Services (IRTS) officer Mr. Rinkesh Roy has taken over, on Wednesday, as the new Chairman of the Paradip Port Trust (PPT). He has been appointed as the 23rd. Chairman of this prestigious port of the country.

Paradip Port has been acknowledged as the second largest port in the country in cargo handling. “We should now target to make it number one in the country”, he said while interacting with his team immediately after his joining here. Though there are many challenges for the port, he said that it can be handled with proper team effort.

Pradip and Kandla port have been listed out to be developed as Smart City. “We have to make plans and achieve the same in a stipulated time period”, he added.

The full time chairman post here was laying vacant since January 2015 PPT Chairman was transferred. Since then, the post was being handled by the Chairman of the Visakhapatnam Port (AP) as an additional responsibility. Finally, the Ministry notification regarding appointment of Mr. Roy as PPT Chairman, was published on 16 December.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Roy has held several important posts, including Director of Coal in the Railway Board and Chief Freight Traffic Manager of the East Coast Railway. He is the winner of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Fellowship, 2013.  Mr. Roy holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the prestigious Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA. After graduating in Economics from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack (now Ravenshaw University) , Mr Roy had joined the Indian Railways Traffic Service (IRTS) in 1992. He had also worked as Director (Planning) in the Railway Board.

Paradip Port – Brief

Paradip Port is one of the Major Ports of India serving the Eastern and Central parts of the country. Its hinterland extends to the States of Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh , Bihar and other upcountry destinations . The Port mainly deals with bulk cargo apart from other clean cargoes. There is unprecedented growth in the traffic handled at this Port in the last decade. The Port has got ambitious expansion programme to enhance its capacity up to 270.50 MMTPA by 2023 to meet the ever increasing demand.

Paradip is one of the Major Ports of India and late Sri Biju Patnaik, the then Chief Minister of Orissa, is the founder father of Paradip Port. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, laid the foundation stone of the Port on 3rd January 1962 near the confluence of river Mahanadi and Bay of Bengal. Government of India took over the management of the Port from the Government of Orissa on 1st June 1965. The Port was opened to Traffic on 12th March 1966. Government of India declared Paradip as the eighth Major Port of India on 18th April 1966 making it the first major port in the East Coast commissioned after independence.

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