Cyclone Amphan: Situation returning to normal at Kolkata and Haldia ports | Kolkata News


An aerial view of cyclone Amphan affected areas in West Bengal. (PTI Photo)

KOLKATA: Operations resumed at the Kolkata and Haldia ports under Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Trust (SPMPT) on Thursday after Cyclone Amphan left parts of West Bengal and Odisha ravaged. In the morning, SPMPT chairman Vinit Kumar visited the Kolkata Dock System (KDS) while the Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) was inspected by the deputy chairman. The first ship, post Cyclone Amphan, departed KDS around 12.30 pm. Blocked roads in Kolkata in the aftermath of the cyclone posed a hindrance to the movement of trucks towards the port.
“Operations at HDC have also started. Two vessels set sail in the evening tide 6.50 pm onward. Communications between Kolkata and Haldia was a problem due to disruption of mobile phone services. Only important messages could be sent intermittently. In Kolkata, nearly 80-100 trees fell across roads in the dock area. By evening, the main roads had been cleared. A few cars were damaged after trees fell on them. Two jetties, one at Budge Budge and the other at Kukrahati, used by pilots were damaged. Alternative jetties are now being used. Some trees also toppled within the port colony and power supply was disrupted. Restoration work continued till late in the evening,” a senior SPMPT official said.
At Haldia, the roof of a shed at Berth 9 was damaged. So was a tipper at Berth 5. A state power supply line broke and fell on the port railway tracks. This was removed and checks were carried out by railway patrols. Three high-mast lighting towers were damaged and nearly 1,000 trees fell within the colony. The main road and those leading to the docks were cleared. The Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) outstation posts at Sagar and Dadanpatra suffered cable damage and restoration work is underway. Meanwhile, work is on with Automatic Identification System (AIS) as an alternative.



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