Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, held a meeting with senior officials from the center and Gujarat government to review preparations for Cyclone Biparjoy.
The “very severe cyclone storm” is expected to cross the Gujarat coast tomorrow.
“People living in the coastal areas are being evacuated. We have also reviewed readiness to ensure the safety of large ships in the affected areas,” Sonowal said.
Around 3,000 people living in the port area and other low-lying areas in the area have already been evacuated and placed in emergency shelters. The rest houses with a capacity for 5,000 to 6,000 people have been set up in the Gopalpuri colony.
Officials attending the meeting included the Kandla Port Authority, Director General of Shipping, Mercantile Marine Department; senior officials of the Gujarat State Government along with the Secretary-General; Chairman of the Deen Dayal Port Authority along with their disaster management team.
According to the ministry, the Kandla Port Authority has set up three control rooms that have been operating 24 hours a day since June 11.
The inward movement of ships and the ships lying at anchor have already left the Gulf of Kachchh.
The evacuation of the remaining ships from the berths has also been completed. All mobile cranes were secured at the berth after the ships had been evacuated. The high-masted lighting poles were alternately lowered.
The steel floating dock was secured and operations inside were suspended.
All harbor boats and other boats in the port of Kandla and Vadinar were secured or kept on standby at short notice.