March 21, 2022
The Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has a new Chairman in PL Haranadh. The IRTS officer of the 1994 batch completed his MSc and PhD at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi. In his 27 years of service, he worked in the Indian Railways for 22 years and in the Ministry of Shipping for five years. During his tenure, Haranadh has put a lot of emphasis on making PPT the No.1 port in the country. He requested cooperation from all stakeholders to accomplish the mission, such as employees, unions, customers, port users, Stevedores, steamer agents, unions, and government machinery. Prioritizing the completion of upcoming projects at PPT, including the ambitious Western Dock project, is of paramount importance to him.
He has rich experience in rail transportation, especially in freight operations, business development and traffic planning. Formerly, he was Senior Divisional Operations Manager for the Raipur Division and Chakradharpur Division, Deputy Chief Operations Manager for South Eastern Railway and South Central Railway, and Chief Operations Manager (Marketing) for East Coast Railway. He worked as the Chief Freight Transportation Manager of East Coast Railway before joining PPT.
After achieving several meritorious works, he was awarded the National Award for Outstanding Management by the Ministry of Railways in 2002 and 2005.
From 2015 to 2020, he was also Vice-Chairman of the Visakhapatnam Port. He developed innovative marketing solutions such as total logistics solutions to customers to attract cargoes like coal and containers. Under his leadership, Visakhapatnam Port grew to become the third-largest port in India during his tenure.
Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has handled 100 million tonnes of cargo for the fifth consecutive year. The current fiscal year has again achieved this feat by February 18 despite the Covid-19 crisis and shortfall in iron ore exports. Earlier this year, the coveted milestone of 100 MMT was reached on February 21.
Despite the shortfall of iron ore/pellet shipments by 30.24 %, the PPT still achieved a 36.86% growth in coastal coal shipping and a 6.77% growth in POL by showing better efficiency, and that too three days earlier than the previous fiscal.
In the presence of Dock Safety Assistant Director Somashekhar B and other Heads of Departments and PPT officials and various stakeholders, PPT Chairman PL Haranadh hoisted the national safety week flag at Gate No. 4. Safety Officer PK Kar offered a tribunal salute.
Haranadh stressed the need for continuous safety parameters throughout the year, not just for a week. He warned that a miscalculation or wrong step might lead to an accident or other misfortune. He urged officials to follow both productivity and safety together. The winners of various competitions such as safety essays, debates, and poster competitions were recognized.
PL Haranadh, Chairman of the PPT, cut a symbolic cake on Saturday at the Officers’ Club in the presence of AK Bose, Deputy Chairman, and other officials.
Haranadh congratulated all officers/employees, user industries, stevedores, steamship agents, trade unions and PPP operators for their continued faith in the port’s capability. Additionally, he appreciated the efforts of all concerned Government authorities.
Story By- Dibyajit Sahu, Group Editor
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