NAVI MUMBAI: To boost port infrastructure, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone of eight connectivity projects worth Rs 1,117.03 crore at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on 30th May, 2017.
The projects include integrated common rail yard facility at JNPT, construction of coastal berth and restructuring of yard behind shallow water berth, the Ministry of Shipping said in a release.
These projects will enhance connectivity of the hinterland to the port. Port connectivity is among the four pillars of the Ministry of Shipping's flagship Sagarmala programme, the release said.
"Huge investments are expected under the Sagarmala programme, which will lead to better infrastructure and creation of new jobs besides giving a big push to Indian exports," Gadkari said.
He said a lot of companies have shown interest in acquiring land for setting up factories in the JNPT SEZ zone, and this in turn will create a demand for skilled manpower.
Gadkari informed that a coordinator will be appointed to look into the requirements of these new companies and help train the local youth from Raigad and Konkan areas to meet their specific needs.
JNPT Chairman Anil Diggikar, IAS said that the Port Trust is focused on creating world-class infrastructure to enable hassle-free trade and contribute to the Ease of Doing Business.
"Efforts aimed at improving the infrastructure at JNPT have already started bearing results as congestion has come down to zero and tonnage handled has reached a record high of 4.5 million TEUs for the year ended March 2017.
We are confident of achieving further growth in the coming years with further improvement in efficiency and better infrastructure facilities," he further added.
Senior Officials from relevant departments and representatives from industry were also present during the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Shri Nitin Gadkari laid the Foundation Stone for following Projects –
1] Strengthening & Restructuring of Yard behind Shallow Water Berth (Costing Rs. 115 Cr) – To bring the uniformity between the Shallow Berth and Main Container Berth in order to ply the RTG cranes.
2] Integrated Common Rail Yard Facility at JNPT (Costing Rs. 149.31 Cr) which will enable it to handle DFC rakes inside the Port premises.
3] Connecting 4th Terminal of JNPT with Rail (Costing Rs.100 Cr) to be completed by December 2017.
4] Construction of 3rd Rail Line from Jasai to JNPT holding Yard (Costing Rs.150 Cr) to be completed by next fiscal year.
5] Construction of Coastal Berth (Costing Rs. 142.32 Cr) - In order to give momentum to Coastal Shipping, Government of India has decided to have coastal vessel berth at every Major Port which are to be located in the shallower portion where large international ships cannot come.
Also to accommodate the coastal vessel wherein the cargo handling shall be free from custom and immigration formalities. This project is likely to be completed by April 2020.
6] Construction of fly over near to North Gate Complex on Container Road in JN Port (Costing Rs. 127.45 Cr) in order to avoid the criss-crossing of container traffic near North gate going to & fro JNPCT, NSICT & NSIGT.
7] Development of Integrated Centralized Parking Zone for Parking of Tractor Trailers (Costing Rs.149.31 Cr) which will be used as “Centralised Parking” place for the TT’s coming to JNPT. At this location TT’s will be cleared by Customs. After clearance, TT’s will directly enter into the Port.