The Ministry of Shipping has issued a notice renaming Kandla Port Trust as Deendayal Port Trust with effect from 25th of September, 2017.
Kandla Port, situated on the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat, is one of the twelve major ports in the nation. According to the Ministry's notice, the Central Government, in exercise of power presented on it under Indian Ports Act, 1908, made the correction to rechristened "Kandla" with "Deendayal".
While introducing different undertakings at Kandla Port in May this year, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had given the proposal for renaming of Kandla Port after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who fought for the upliftment of poor people and weaker segments of society.
About Kandla port:
Kandla port 's journey started in 1931 with development of a jetty by Maharao Khengarji. Progressively, this port in Gujarat turned into the number one port in India and on 31March 2016 it made history by taking care of 100 million tons freight in a year—the firstMajor Port to accomplish this feat.
The Kandla port, which now renamed as the Deendayal Port Trust is a seaport in Kutch District of Gujarat state in western India, near the city of Gandhidham. Located on the Gulf of Kutch, it is one of major ports on west coast.
Kandla port was constructed in the 1950s as the main seaport to serve in western India, after the partition of Pakistan from India. The Port is located on the Gulf of Kutch on the northwestern coast of India some 256 nautical miles southeast of the Port of Karachi in Pakistan and over 430 nautical miles north-northwest of the Port of Mumbai (Bombay).
Kandla port is the largest port of India by volume of cargo it handled.
Kandla Port Trust, India's busiest major port in recent years, is gearing to add substantial cargo handling capacity with private sector participation. The port has already received encouraging response from prospective bidders, for the project that is estimated to cost nearly 5,000 million INR.