is a seaport in Kutch
District of Gujarat
state in western India
. Located on the Gulf of Kutch
, it is one of major ports on west coast. Kandla was constructed in the 1950s as the chief seaport serving western India, after the partition of India
left the port of Karachi
Kandla is located at . It has an average elevation of 3 metres (9 ft).
Cyclone of 1998
A tropical cyclone hit the port in 1998. The official death toll was 1,000 but locals in the area believed it was closer to 10,000. Most of the casualties came from illegal immigrant workers in the port itself and poor shanty towns
in the region. Although the cyclone was tracked by the Indian government for 3-4 nights no effort was made to warn port employees this catastrophe shows a failure of government and business ethics and a complete disregard for the life of the poor.