Visakhapatnam Port values ​​sustainability and green initiatives

As an active contribution to fulfilling the “Panchamrit” commitments announced by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Visakhapatnam Port Authority has taken several green initiatives. While some of these have been completed, others are in the process of being implemented.

In this way, the port ensures harmony between port development and environmental protection.

The port is preparing a master plan for full compliance with the 2023 Harit Sagar Guidelines published by Sri Sarbananda Sonowal, Honorable Minister of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush, aiming to achieve quantifiable reductions in the achieve CO2 emissions.

Visakhapatnam Port already produces more renewable energy than is needed. It is planned to develop another 15 MW by renewable energy sources. To this extent, the port has asked the AP state government to provide land for the construction of solar panels.

The port plans to reduce carbon emissions by using LNG/CNG/methanol/ethanol/green hydrogen for port equipment and transportation vehicles. The port has partnered with the IOC for a CNG bunker facility and an investment of Rs. 10 Cr.

The port has started construction of four covered bulk storage sheds with a capacity of 2,94,000 t at a cost of Rs. 116.04 crores and works will be completed by September 2023 and March 2024.

The port has 221 water sprinklers spread across 8 cargo storage yards 100 hectares for dust suppression of charge stacks.

The port operates a 10 MLD Wastewater Treatment Plant (STP) to treat the municipal solid waste entering the port area. Another 5-MLD-STP is planned.

To control dust emissions during operations, VPA deployed nine smoke cannons 24 hours a day. Three PPP berth mechanization projects have recently been completed with an investment of Rs. 650 Cr. In FY 2023-24, VPA plans to invest Rs. 337.69 Crores in development activities/projects.

Three more machines will be used this fiscal year to keep the streets clean. The stevedores and transporters transport materials with trucks with appropriate tarpaulin covers. The railway wagons with dusty cargo are covered with tarpaulins.

Two truck wheel washers have been installed and there are plans to upgrade them to two-stage cleaning this fiscal year.

The port ensures that the material is not overloaded beyond the capacity of the trucks, and the vehicles also adhere to the speed limits in the port cities.

It has invested Rs. 2.3 cr and developed 80 acres as a green shelter under the Green Visakha Plantation with the AP Sate Forest Department. Currently, 12,000 plants are planted each year as part of this program. VPA has developed a 630 acre green belt with 5,65,000 plants in the port area.

Another Rs. 20 Cr is invested in beach nutrition each year. The port also took over a 1 km stretch of RK Beach to clean up the beaches as part of the AP State Govt’s Swachh Sagar program.

The floating material from 9200m3 and mud 31850m3 have been removed and regularly cleaned by 3 Geddas in the last 18 months.

VPA currently has 38 track KM electrification works underway which are expected to be completed by December 2023. 90% of VPA rail routes are electrified.

Environmental management is a top priority for the port; Investing Rs. 40 Crores per year for environmental management.

VPA received the Green Tech Environment Award for outstanding achievements in environmental protection for the year 2022.

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