Paradip: Paradip port trust authorities have moved to invigorate its safety mechanism to reduce mishaps in the core prohibited area of the major port.
The PPT has resolved to turn 2018 as ‘Zero Accident Year’. Accidents with the operational area of the port are a cause of bother. Initiatives are underway to curb the mishaps, said port officials.
The port employees, contractual workers besides the stakeholders are being sensitized in this regard. As most of the mishaps are occurring after the sunset, port is putting in place the infrastructure adequately illuminate the operational area of the port. At present, the port is equipped with 218 high mast towers. We are installing 50 more such towers shortly to light up the port prohibited area further, said PPT Chairman, Rinkesh Roy.
Advance Warning System through light and siren will be installed within a month at the Railway Level Crossings inside the Port as these zones are accident-prone.
Installation of speed governors and traffic squad movements are being made to keep close vigil on rash driving. PPT is endeavouring to ensure all movements inside port strictly through the Buses to be engaged by the Port to ensure safety of the workers.
Because of the rash driving of the cargo-laden vehicles, accidents are occurring from time to time in the restricted area of the port.
In a measure to curb vehicular accidents, Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has already prohibited two wheelers’ movement within the prohibited operational area of the port. Two-wheelers’ movement had also resulted in road accidents occurring in the core area of the port. Four persons were killed in road accidents in recent months that occurred inside the port area. The victims were all two-wheeler riders.
Therefore, prohibition on two-wheeler movement had been taken to keep the port area free from road accidents. The port’s cargo handling capacity has gone up manifold in recent times. The movement of heavy machinery and cranes for cargo handling is also on the ascendancy. Consequently the plying of cargo laden heavy vehicles has also shot up. As a result, two wheeler riders are exposed to mishaps, said port officials.
Discipline and safe practices are vital components to make Paradip an international class port particularly at a time when the major port is poised to reach coveted mark of 100 Million Metric Ton cargo handling in the current fiscal year, he said.