Ministry of Shipping initiated Project Green Port to make Indian ports cleaner and greener

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Who: Project Green Port
What: Initiated by Ministry of Shipping
When: 19 January 2016
Why: To make Indian ports cleaner and greener

The Union Ministry of Shipping on 19 January 2016 started Project Green Ports, which will help in making the Major Ports across India cleaner and greener.

Project Green Ports will have two verticals:

Green Ports Initiatives
Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

Features of Green Port Initiatives

It includes twelve initiatives which will be implemented under strict time bound fashion in order to achieve the targets.

Some of these initiatives are:

Preparation and monitoring plan
Acquiring equipments required for monitoring environmental pollution
Acquiring dust suppression system
Setting up of sewage/waste water treatment plants/ garbage disposal plant
Setting up projects for energy generation from renewable energy sources
Completion of shortfalls of Oil Spill Response (OSR) facilities (Tier-1)
Prohibition of disposal of almost all kind of garbage at sea, improving the quality of harbour wastes etc.

Features of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

The Ministry has identified 20 activities with certain time-line to promote cleanliness at the port premises.

Some of the activities include:

Cleaning the wharf
Cleaning and repairing of sheds
Cleaning and repairing of port roads
Painting road signs, zebra crossing, pavement edges
Modernizing and cleanliness of all the toilet complexes in the operational area
Placement of dustbins at regular intervals
Beautification and cleaning of parks
Putting boards indicating cleanliness messages
Cleaning and repairing of all drainages and storm water systems
Tree plantation

In order to achieve these objectives, regular training will be provided to the staff in order to generate awareness and inculcate a positive attitude towards keeping the environment clean and green.