Abu Hussain Sumon, Mongla (Bagerhat) Representative ::
The 723rd anniversary of the Mongla Port Authority was celebrated with a grand ceremony. On the occasion of the day, at 9:30 in the morning, a colorful rally took off in front of the main gate of the port jetty and circumambulated the port area. Later it ended by going to the freedom square of the port. Chairman of Port Authority Rear Admiral M. Musa congratulated all those present on the anniversary of the establishment of the port.
After that, a discussion meeting was held at the shed of the port jetty. At the beginning of the meeting, the port authorities celebrated the anniversary by cutting cakes. A developmental documentary on the port was then screened. Kalachand Singh, secretary of Mongla Port Authority, gave a welcome speech at the meeting.
Later, President Director (Administration) Md. Shahinur Alam and Member (Harbor and Marine) Commodore Mohammad Abdul Wadud Tarafder spoke as special guests.
Then, in the chief guest’s speech, Mongla Port Authority Chairman Rear Admiral M. Musa said that once a loss-making port, the current Prime Minister took several projects as soon as he came to power. As a result, ships are now at Mongla port
Creating new records in arrival. Mongla Port will soon be transformed into a shipping hub with the unique foresight of the current Prime Minister. He also said that Mongla Port, which has passed through the uphill Uttarai, has become one of the attractions of the southern part of the country with the launch of Padma Bridge. Several projects are underway to make Mongla Port more modern and world-class and some projects have been taken up for future development.
In the ceremony, crests and awards were given to some officials and journalists of the port in recognition of the best meritorious work of the port. In addition, the authorities awarded crests of honor to some of the port users and honored guests in various categories.
Note that December 1st is the 72nd establishment day of Mongla Port Authority. Mongla Port is located at the foothills of the World Heritage Sundarbans. This port was established on December 1, 1950. On December 11 of the same year, the operation of this port began with the anchoring of a British commercial ship called ‘The City of Lyons’ at Pasur river. According to the Port of Chilan Authority Act of 1987, first the Chilan Port Authority and later the Mongla Port Authority were established.
As the second sea port of Bangladesh, this port has been playing a major role in the overall economic development of the country’s south and southwest regions and Bangladesh. From the financial year 2001 to 2008, the port turned into a loss-making enterprise due to various adversities. In the last financial year 2007-2008, 07 ships arrived in February and 95 ships arrived in the entire financial year and in the financial year 2004-2005, the port made a loss of Tk 11 crores.
Since Awami League assumed the responsibility of managing the state in 2009, the government gave priority and special importance to the development of Mongla port and started working on the development and modernization of the port. As a result, the port of Mongla became increasingly dynamic, creating a record number of foreign ship arrivals every year.
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