Union Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi has emphasized on full utilisation of the port facilities at Paradip Port Trust in Odisha to increase coal transportation through the sea route.
During his visit to the port today, he asked the officials to explore possibilities of using Paradip port as a coal hub. The Union Minister Mr Joshi alongwith the Minister of State for Coal and Mines Raosaheb Patil Danve also visited the Hingula area under Mahanadi Coalfields Limited and reviewed various activities and projects.
Mr. Joshi also visited the site of Rail Receival System near Paradip port wherein coal is unloaded with the help of wagon-tipplers. The minister said that this system of unloading is efficient, helps in saving time and demurrage charges, while also reducing the spread of coal dust.
Later Mr. Joshi laid the foundation stone of Shramik Gaurav Jal Udyan near Balram opencast project of MCL and said that the site has the potential to be developed as a major tourist spot. Visiting the Railway Siding in MCL’s Hingula Area the minister emphasized on reducing wagon turn-around time.
Source : News On Air