Capacity to be doubled to 10 million TEUs by 2022
NAVI MUMBAI: With excellent co-operation from all stakeholders, JNPT, India’s premier container port is aiming to be among the top 10 ports of the world, said Shri Neeraj Bansal, IRS, Chairman-in-Charge, JNPT, addressing the stakeholders present at the ‘Maritime, Port, Logistics and Warehousing Exhibition & Conclave’ organised by the by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as Guest of Honour.
Dealing at length over the trade-friendly steps being implemented at JNPT, Mr Bansal said that “We have initiated and implemented many measures to promote the Ease of Doing Business at Port. Facilitation of paperless transactions, Direct Port Delivery (DPD) percentage has been improved significantly-
current DPD volumes are consistently over 30%, RFID based gate systems, separate parking lots for terminals, conversion of parking lots into Customs processing zones, inter-Terminal Trailer movement are some of the steps implemented to achieve efficiency at the Port”.
Thanks to great co-operation and support from all stakeholders, JNPT handled a record traffic of 4.5 million TEUs in the last financial year, Mr Bansal said. JNPT is collaborating with Port of Singapore Authority to create another world class container terminal. The first phase of the proposed container development is in full-swing and should be operational by January 2018 which will add another 2.4 million TEUs capacity to the Port. With another 2.4 million to be ready by 2022, JNPT capacity will double to 10 million TEUs, Mr Bansal added.
Under Sagarmala programme announced by the Ministry of Shipping, JNPT is executing many projects to boost India’s Export-Import trade. A multi-purpose Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being developed on 277 hectares of land at JNPT has already started attracting significant interest from global investors, Mr Bansal further added.
JNPT is the only Major Port that is being covered under the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business and JNPT’s trade friendly steps have contributed to the growth of international trade, Mr Bansal informed the gathering.