Several major posts and projects in the country have been doing with temporary chairmen for months and this has resulted in lack of proper leadership to the sector. From Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) to Jawaharlal Nehru and Vizag ports, all have been doing with temporary chairmen for months. It has resulted in poor cargo growth.
This kind of lack of leadership situation has been hurting the private sector, too. Adani group’s coal terminal on eastern quay 7 at the Vizag port is stuck because the port trust has not been able to find a competent party to complete the dredging work.
Experts say chairman is the most powerful functionary in a port trust. A person brought in as a stop-gap arrangement will not take big decisions that can be scrutinised later. How can the government not find able officers to fill these posts, ask the experts. The chairman of Kolkata Port Trust, R P S Kahlon, has the additional charge of Vizag port as well.