Recent expansion works at Dhamra Port, located in the Bhadrak district in Odisha, India, will quadruple its cargo handling capacity – increasing from 25 million metric tonnes (MMT) per annum to over 100 million MMT.
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) has employed more than 3000 individuals for the expansion, with 88% of those hires being a local workforce.
Phase two of the multi-stage project to develop the port was inaugurated on April 7, 2018, at a ceremony in the presence of Honourable Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik.
Patnaik commented: “The Dhamra Port is a model of modern maritime trade in Odisha and a successful example of the PPP model.
The industrial park being set up by Adani will unleash large scale industrialisation in the area and create employment opportunities”.
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Chairman of the Adani Group, Mr Gautam Adani said: “This is a very proud moment for all of us in Odisha as well as the entire country.
“The Phase II expansion of Dhamra Port will not only make Dhamra India’s largest port but will also serve as India’s major gateway for trade with South East Asian Nations.
“We would like to sincerely thank all the government officials for their support in completing this expansion which will enhance growth, trade and industry for Odisha and India.”
Speaking at the occasion, CEO of APSEZ Mr Karan Adani outlined the company’s plans to reach 500 MMT by 2025: “We are delighted by the speed of execution of our teams that completed this expansion of the Phase II of Dhamra Port way before schedule.
“This expansion will help us achieve our vision 2020 of 200 MMT, well ahead of time and we now aim to touch 500 MMT by the year 2025.”