Gopalpur Ports is committed towards preserving the environment and maintaining the ecological balance. Gopalpur is known for its exquisite and beautiful beaches. The port stretches along a 4km stretch of coastline which is devoid of any vegetation. The area is uninhabited by any endangered species and located far away from the nesting grounds of rare and world famous Olive Ridley Turtles. Also, the site does not have any heritage site or place of historical importance in its vicinity.
The site of port is built on a piece of barren land previously mined out by Indian Rare Earths Ltd. (IREL) with whom the port shares its boundary. The management has restricted any industrial activity in the port premises and has installed facilities to treat the sewage waste arising out of the port operations. The port has developed a green belt area of 10 acres out of total 367 acres of land acquired.
GPL has already taken the following measures to for environmental protection
- Centre for Environment and Development, Thiruvananthapuram conducted an impact assessment and mitigation measures on the Benthic flora and fauna of the Gopalpur port area.
- DHI water and environment, New Delhi conducted Erosion and Accretion study for Gopalpur port and its vicinities up to the Rusikulya River.
- Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras, conducted study on rehabilitation of existing RCC Trestle at Gopalpur Port.
- Department of Marine Science, Berhampur University, conducted environmental Study on Olive Ridley Turtle and other sensitive marine species in Bay of Bengal.
The initiatives taken by GPL affirm to its commitment towards environment and the importance it ascribes to environment in growth of the port into a major port.