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Cabinet approves renaming of Kandla Port as Deendayal Port

The Union Cabinet has approved proposal of Union Ministry of Shipping to rename of Kandla Port in Gujarat as Deendayal Port, Kandla. The port was renamed after BJP ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay who had dedicated his entire life for public service and was epitome of simplicity, honesty and selfless service for poor and down-trodden. It was renamed as part of Upadhyay’s 101st birth anniversary celebrations.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay was born in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, on September 25, 1916 and died on 1 February 1968. He was a Bharatiya Jan Sangh leader and Indian politician. He had conceived philosophy on ‘integral humanism’, which was later adopted by  Jan Sangh and BJP.

Throughout his life, he had worked tirelessly for Indianisation of democracy, honouring public opinion, selflessness and respect for law of the land. All his actions were based on principles of ‘Integral Humanism’ and also upheld values of democracy founded on tolerance, discipline, selflessness and respect for law of land.

Kandla Port

Kandla Port is one of twelve major ports in country. It is situated on Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. It is largest port of India in terms of volume of cargo handled (around 100 million tons freight). It was constructed in 1950s as main seaport to serve in western India, alternative to Karachi port which came under Pakistan’s control after partition. In March 2016, Kandla Port had created history by becoming first Major Port in country to cross 100 million tons freight handling capacity.

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Kandla Port renamed as Deendayal Port

The Union Ministry of Shipping has renamed Kandla Port Trust as Deendayal Port Trust, by exercising powers conferred on it under Indian Ports Act, 1908.

The name was changed as part of yearlong centenary celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who had stood for uplift of poor and weaker sections of society.

Background

Earlier in 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while laying foundation stone for Rs.933 crore projects at Kandla Port had suggested that it should be named after Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay, who stood for uplift of all sections of the society. Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay was an Indian politician and was one ofmost important leaders of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner of present day Bharatiya Janata Party.

Kandla Port

Kandla Port is one of twelve major ports in country. It is situated on Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. It is the largest port of India in terms of volume of cargo handled (around 100 million tons freight). It was constructed in 1950s as main seaport to serve in western India, alternative to Karachi port which came under Pakistan’s control after partition. In March 2016, Kandla Port had created history by becoming first Major Port in the country to cross 100 million tons freight handling capacity.

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