The Haldia Port of West Bengal has emerged as the cleanest ports among Indian ports on sanitation parameters.
- The ranking of all the 13 Indian ports was conducted by the Quality Council of India. Haldia and Vizag ports receive the first and the second rank.
- The ranking was based on the efforts made by these ports to address waste generating sources with respect to port operation, office area, and township area.
- The “Swachhta Pakhwada” was a major sanitation and cleanliness campaign launched by Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari.
- The campaign achieved solarisation of all 193 lighthouses.
- Clean and green solar energy is now used by these lighthouses.
- Emphasis on green ports for sustainable, environment friendly, long term development of ports.
- Sanitation campaign resulted in renovation of 538 toilets and 265 office rooms.
- 195 km roads were repaired across major ports and 65,498 new trees were planted.
- All ports have achieved the benchmark for cleanliness.
About Haldia Port
- Haldia Port is in Kolkata, West Bengal.
- Operated by Kolkata Port Trust
- Opened- 1870
- Main trades- Automobiles, motorcycles and general industrial cargo including iron ore, granite, coal, fertilizer
- Major Exports- Iron ore, leather, cotton, textiles
- Major Imports- Wheat, raw-cotton, machinery and iron and steel