KOLKATA : Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal launched a port mobile application called MyPortApp in Kolkata . The App includes all port details digitally and monitor operations virtually. Targeted towards Port Users for availing various Port services, the App is aimed to promote transparency and easy access of port related information. The app also has various information like Vessel Berthing, Rake & Indent, Rake Receipt, Container Status, Tariff, Bills, Port Holidays, etc. and can be accessed anywhere 24×7 and reach out directly to port. The Minister is on a 2-day visit to West Bengal where he inaugurated, launched and dedicated to Nation several projects worth Rs 352 crore.
Shri Sonowal also inaugurated a 1 Mega Watt solar plant in Haldia port to produce renewable energy for port operations. With guaranteed power generation of 14 lakh KWH per year, the project will lead to self utilization and will reduce its carbon footprint to fulfil commitment towards the National Solar Mission. This will also result in reduction of unit rate of electricity generated and help cost savings of Rs 70 lakh per year.
The Haldia Dock Complex of Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port has also undertaken augmentation and development of GC Berth road to improve port operations. With a cost of Rs 29 crore over a length of 1.6 kms, the project aims to establish connectivity for traffic movement in western side of the dock. This will also lead to evacuation efficiency due to widening of the road and reduction in accidents due to unidirectional flow of traffic.