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Mormugao port steps up facility to handle pharma consignments - 2011-12-26


The Mormugao Port Trust has improved its infrastructure to handle pharmaceutical trade, said Mr P. Mara Pandiyan, Chairman, Mormugao Port Trust. ―The port recently facilitated the opening of the drug controller facility and it has commenced functioning from November 16 this year. This is likely to benefit pharmaceutical industries located in the region,‖ he added. The port trust is targeting sizeable business from about 70 pharmaceutical companies located in Goa, north Karnataka and south Maharashtra. The port has also equipped itself to handle any cargo year around. Through this improved infrastructure, the port is targeting fruit pulp, maize and other processed food industry from north Karnataka. Mormugao Port last year handled 40 million tonnes of iron ore out of a total of 110 mt of iron ore exports from the country. ―Volume of iron ore exports from Karnataka has dropped sharply due to the ban. Now granite exporters have begun to utilise the port from October this year,‖ said Mr Pandiyan. From distance point view, Mormugao Port, located at a distance of about 200 km from Hubli, is well suited for the exporters of this region, he added. Recently, the Mormugao Port Trust held a trade meet in Hubli in association with Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and South Western Railway (SWR). Interacting with north Karnataka industrialists, Mr Biplav Kumar, Deputy Chairman, Mormugao Port Trust, and the Joint Commissioner of Customs, Panaji, Mr S.K. Virdi explained in detail the existing facilities and the various projects under progress. Mr N.C. Sinha, Chief Operations Manager, South Western Railway, and Mr A.S. Rao, Chief Freight Traffic Manager, South Western Railway, assured north Karnataka industrialists that all possible services would be extended to facilitate smooth passage of goods especially for granite industries and maize trade in association with the Mormugao Port Trust. Mr N.P. Javali, President of the KCCI, said that a delegation of the chamber would be visiting the port by mid January 2012 to study the facilities available for exports. Vice-Presidents of KCCI, Mr Vasant N. Ladawa, Mr Andanappa V. Sajjanar, Mr Mahendra H. Ladahad, the Secretary, Mr Vishwanath S. Ginimav, and the Joint Secretary, Mr C.N. Karikatti, interacted with port authorities.

Source: Hindu Business Line