The Kandla Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has been rechristened as Deendayal Port f in the name of Hindutva icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
The central government in the exercise of powers conferred on it under Indian Ports Act, 1908 made the amendment to replace “Kandla” with “Deendayal”, as per a notification issued by the ministry of shipping.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier this year, while laying the foundation stone for Rs933 crore projects at Kandla Port had suggested that it be named after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who stood for the uplift of all sections of the society.
The port’s journey began in 1931 with the construction of a jetty by Maharao Khengarji. Gradually this port in Gujarat became the number one port in India and on 31 March 2016 it created history by handling 100 million tonnes cargo in a year—the first Major Port to achieve the milestone.
Located on the Gulf of Kutch, it is one of the major ports on the west coast. It is the largest port of India by volume of cargo handled.