Cargo Handling Capacity of Major Ports Increased by Over 650 MMT in India

Cargo Handling Capacity of Major Ports Increased by Over 650 MMT in India

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Kolkata, Dec 20: Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, and Shipping Mansukh L Mandaviya has informed that under the Sagarmala programme,a port-led development project across the waterways of the country, has resulted in all-round betterment on this sector with cargo handling capacity of major ports has been enhanced by over 400 MTAs in the last four years.

Government’s flagship Programme Sagarmala to promote Port-Led Development in the country has four major components: Port Modernization, Port Led Industrialization, Port Connectivity Enhancement, and Coastal Community Development, he said in a statement today.

National Perspective Plan (NPP) 2015-2035 for Sagarmala was released in 2016.

Under Port Modernisation component of Sagarmala Programme, major achievements in the port sector are as under:

Addition in cargo handling capacity of Major Ports:

2013-14 - 800.52 MTPA

2017-18 - 1451.19 MTPA

Increase in capacity - 650.67 MMT

Total traffic handled by Major Ports:

2013-14 - 555.49 MT

2017-18 - 679.47 MT

Increase in traffic - 123.98 MT

Reduction in Average Turn Around Time (TAT):

2013-14 - 93.60 Hrs.

2017-18 - 65.00 Hrs.

Saving in time - 28.60 Hrs.

Increase in Average Ship Berthday Output:

2013-14 - 12468 Tonnes.

2017-18 - 15451 Tonnes.

Increase in output - 2983 Tonnes.

RFID based Gate-automation System implemented in all Major Ports. This has reduced congestion at port’s gate and enable faster evacuation of cargo thus reducing average turn-around time, the minister, who is also has Chemical and Fertilizers portfolios, said. (UNI)