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Efforts on to reduce pollution at Vizag port - 2012-03-12

Visakhapatnam port has undertaken many projects for modernisation and mechanical handling of cargo, which will result in mitigation of pollution, according to Mr Ajeya Kallam, the port chairman. He was speaking at a function here on Friday where the Union Shipping Minister, Mr G.K Vasan, distributed compensation cheques to master list candidates who could not get jobs in the port. The Minister said that environmental concerns should be borne in mind by all ports, in the public as well as private sectors, in adding to their capacities. The requisite mitigation measures should be taken and the latest technology should be used.

Ms D. Purandeswari, the Union Minister of State for HRD, said the public were facing hardship due to the pollution caused by the port by handling certain types of cargo. “I am not saying that port is solely responsible for the pollution problems, but Vizag port is contributing to it substantially. Therefore, the requisite measures should be taken to reduce it to the minimum,” she said.  Mr T. Subbarami Reddy, the member of the Rajya Sabha, said that many of the ongoing projects taken up by the port would be ready by 2013 and pollution levels would come down. The port was also contributing to the massive tree plantation programme taken up in the city to reduce pollution levels. He also made a plea to the Union Minister to allot some funds for the development of the century-old King George Hospital here out of the CSR funds. Mr Vasan said in response that the request of Mr Subbarami Reddy would be considered.