The Kandla Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has been rechristened as Deendayal Port from 25 September 2017 in the name of Hindutva icon pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. Kandla Port Trust is renamed as Deendayal Port Trust with effect from 25 September 2017.
The central government in 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. Deendayal stood for the poor (so this name change) will inspire us to work for the poor, suppressed section of the society
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier this year, while laying 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.