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Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port

Posted on : 19 Feb 2020

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  • It is the only riverine Major Port in India, situated 232 kilometers up-stream from the Sandheads, having arguably the longest navigational channel amongst Major Ports of India and its navigational channel is one of the longest in the world.
  • KoPT is India’s oldest operational port and the first among the 12 major ports (government-owned) of India. Kolkata Port System includes three ports: Kolkata, Haldia and Sagar Island
  • The port facility has aided in industrialization, employment generation and major economic activity in the region while serving a vast hinterland as well as landlocked neighbouring  countries such as Bhutan and Nepal.
  • The river Hooghly, on which it is located, has many sharp bends, and is considered a difficult navigational channel.
  • Throughout the year, dredging activities have to be carried out to keep the channel open.
  • The Farakka Barrage, built in 1975, reduced some of the port’s woes as Ganga waters were diverted into the Bhagirathi-Hooghly system.
  • Now, the port has been renamed afterDr.Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. Dr.Mookerjee was born in Calcutta on 6th July, 1901.
  • He was the youngest (33) ever Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University and Independent India’s first Minister of Industry and Supply.
  • After India’s independence, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru made Dr.Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Ministry for Industry and Supply in the interim Central Government.
  • However he resigned from the Cabinet in 1950 as he was against the ‘Nehru-Liaquat Ali Pact’.
  • After he formed Bhartiya Jana Sangh on 21st October, 1951 and became its first President

Article Related Questions

  1. Which of the following port has been recently renamed after Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) founder Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee?

  2. 1.Kolkata Port, West Bengal

    2.Kandla Port, Gujarat

    3.Port Blair Port, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    4.Mormugao Port, Goa

    Right Ans : Kolkata Port, West Bengal

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