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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Mundra

A huge project spanning an entire exports conglomerate ranging from an International Container Terminal and a sea-port on one hand and hyper markets and HR conferences on the other. Interspersed were the in-house 37 miles of railway network, neighboring undeveloped land that will one day house a state-of-the-art exports hub, a lagoon and lots of friendly workers and employees. The whole place is like a self-contained private city.

Situated at a strategic location in the Gulf of Kutchch, Mundra is home to India’s largest private sector sea-port.

On the mandate for the visit were the sea-port, oil refinery, rail network, international container terminal and the social infrastructure. With a hard earned permission to shoot the international container terminal that caters to the “Big Daddies” of shipping, one full evening was dedicated to the recce of the terminal’s grounds. The main subject of our interest was a ship that was being loaded by cranes worth “a few million dollars”. But nothing beats the impromptu angles generated from the comfort of a tug boat at sea. From the tug-boat, we could view the entire length of the ship with the mammoth cranes in the background.

The routine killed you… but the results made you feel alive!