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Renaming of Kolkata Port Trust

  • 04 Jun 2020
  • 2 min read

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The Union Cabinet has given its approval to rename Kolkata Port as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port.

  • Earlier, the announcement was made on the 150th anniversary celebration of the trust.

Key Points

  • The Kolkata Port is the oldest operating port in India, and was constructed by the British East India Company.
  • It is the only riverine Major Port. Its navigational channel is one of the longest in the world.
  • Gateway to Eastern India:
    • It is the guiding factor to trade and commerce of vast hinterland comprising the entire Eastern India including Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh and the two land-locked Himalayan Kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan.
  • Governance: The Kolkata Port Trust is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Shipping, administered through the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.

Shyama Prasad Mookerjee (1901-1953)

  • Born in a Bengali Family
  • Leader of Hindu Mahasabha.
  • Served as a minister in the Bengal government in 1937.
  • Member of Constituent Assembly and later, the first Lok Sabha.
  • Minister in Nehru’s first cabinet after independence; resigned in 1950 due to differences over relations with Pakistan.
  • Founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh (The Bharatiya Janata Party -BJP is the successor of BJS).
  • Was opposed to India’s policy of autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir; arrested during Jana Sangh’s agitation against Kashmir policy; died during detention.


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