GANDHIDHAM: Deendayal Port, for the first time in its history, has crossed 110 M.M.T. mark, of cargo handling, during current financial year i.e. 2017-18 and also retained its Number one position for the 11th time in a row, among India’s Major Ports.
The Port handled 99.75 lakh MTs of cargo during Mar’18 as against 91.06 lakh MTs handled during Mar’17. During the current financial year, DPT has handled 1100.99 lakh MT traffic as against 1054.42 lakh MT handled during the last fiscal, thereby achieving an increase of 46.57 lakh MT or 4.42%.
At Kandla, the port handled a dry cargo volume of 379.60 lakh MTs during FY 2017-18, as compared to a volume of 353.90 lakh MTs handled in FY 2016-17, thereby showing an increase of 25.70 lakh MTs or 7.26%.. The liquid cargo volume at Kandla (including transhipment) increased by 14.10 lakh MTs i.e. 10.80 % to 144.60 lakh MTs during FY 2017-18, as against 130.50 lakh MTs handled in FY 2016-17. The Crude oil and POL traffic at Vadinar increased by 6.77 lakh MTs i.e. 1.19%, to 576.79 lakh MTs from 570.02 lakh MTs during FY 2016-17.
It is pertinent to mention here that, till now no other Major Port of the Country (except DPT) has handled traffic of more than 110 MMT during a fiscal year. With this, the Port surpassed the RFD cargo handling target of 106 Million MT during the current financial year.
Shri Sanjay Bhatia, IAS, Chairman and Shri Alok Singh, IRS, Dy. Chairman of Deendayal Port Trust, thanked entire staff and the Port Users, for their sustained efforts and continuous support in making the port reach this important milestone, informed a DPT release.