Dhamra: The Rs 3,200-crore Dhamra Port in Orissa, a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Steel and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) completed one year of its commercial operations on May 6, 2011.
During the last one year, more than 90 ships have berthed at the Dhamra Port which include several cape size vessels of more than 1,50,000 DWT . The port has also handled around 6 million tonnes of cargo which include coal and lime stone in the import cargo and iron ore as export cargo, during this period.
The port marked its operation day as Productivity Day wherein internal process development and productivity workshop for the port employees was organised within the port premises. In addition, a training workshop for the drivers and crew members of fishing trawlers of Dhamra and nearby fishing jetties was organised by DPCL. Around 35 trawler drivers and
helpers were imparted training by skilled trainers and mariners on maintenance of trawlers, better fish catch and navigation etc.
In another endeavour to mark the Productivity Day celebrations, DPCL honoured 15 persons and organisations in the Dhamra Port periphery, who had shown highest productivity performances in their respective fields. Chief
Executive Officer of DPCL, Sri Santosh Kumar Mohapatra, presented the awards to the achievers.
In the category of dry fish production a fish farmer of Dosinga panchayat Sri Swadesh Ranjan Paul was awarded for producing over 100 quintals of dry fish during the last dry fish season between December 2011 to February
2012. He made a business of around Rs 7 lakh during the season.
Sri Atul Kumar Jena, proprietor of Bijaya Ice Factory, Dhamra was awarded for highest production and sale of ice canes to fishing trawlers and fish depot owners of Dhamra and nearby areas. During the last season lasting from June 2011 till February 2012 Jena had produced over 51,000 ice canes with a turnover of Rs 38.25 lakh .
Apart from this award was given to the best three farmers of Dhamra port locality wherein, Sri Tapan Ku. Pal of Dosinga village bagged the award for best organised farming and Krushna Pada Maity of Oramal village in Dosinga panchayat won
the award for diversified farming by doing mushroom cultivation. Anjali Mohanty, a housewife of Balisahi village was awarded for initiating poultry farming to support her family, with the help of Dhamra Port.
In addition to this, three market committees of the port periphery namely, the Dhamra Market Committee, Dosinga Market Committee and Kaithakhola Market Committee were awarded for facilitating business promotion in their localities along
with the improvement of their respective market places.