The Indian Ministry of Shipping has unveiled the Project Green Ports initiative to sustain and preserve the environment.
The project will have two verticals, the Green Ports Initiatives pertaining to the environmental issues and Clean India initiative launched by the Prime Minister Narendra modi.
Project Green Ports will be implemented at 12 major ports in the cities of Kandla, Mumbai, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata.
The programme includes 12 initiatives such as preparing a monitoring plan; procuring amenities to prevent and combat environmental fiascos; acquiring dust suppression system; constructing waste water treatment plants and garbage disposal plants, and setting up renewable energy plants.
Additionally, it will also include the completion of oil spill response (OSR) facilities, to avoid disposal of waste at sea. The initiatives laid in the Green port project will be executed with a deadline to assess the effectiveness of the programme.
The Clean India drive includes 20 activities bound by a timeline to enhance the cleanliness of the port premises.
Activities under Clean India will include cleaning the wharf, repairing the sheds, cleaning and repairing port roads, proper signage on the road, demarcation of zebra crossing, pavement edges, modernising and cleanliness of toilet complexes, provision of dustbins, beautification and cleaning of parks, boards promoting cleanliness messages, cleaning and repairing of all sewage and water systems and tree plantation.
The employees will be subjected to regular training on environmental awareness.
Image: Vishakhapatnam port will be one of the 12 ports to implement the green project. Photo: courtesy of Candeo Gauisus.