Port Trust (VPT) is targeting to handle 80 million tonnes of cargo in the
Despite Covid-19, VPT stood third among Major
Ports in India for the second consecutive year with 69.84 million tonnes. This
is the second highest annual cargo throughput in the history of VPT.
supply chain disruptions and economic downturn due to the pandemic, VPT stood
just short of last year’s performance of 72.72 million tonnes.
The VPT’s decline in cargo handling is only 4% but in major ports it
The VPT’s decline
in cargo handling is only 4% whereas the decline recorded in other major ports
is about 7%.
A major decline in
cargo was imports of coking coal (27% decline) and steam coal (45%) but it was
offset by an increase in iron ore and pellets handling (31%) and other cargo
VPT Chairman K
Rama Mohana Rao said there was an increase in exports of iron ore and finished
steel to China and an increase in iron pellets movement to Gujarat. “We
improved the average wait time of a ship to 1.15 hours as against 1.22 hours. A
total of 2,040 ships were handled this fiscal as against 2,099 in 2019-20,” he
Port has recorded an operating surplus of Rs 698 crore
The port has
recorded an operating surplus of Rs 698 crore. “Installation of electronic
route relay interlocking system to do away with manual intervention in railway
signalling operation would be completed. Extension of existing container
terminal with an additional capacity to handle 5.4 lakh TEU would be completed
by the end of December this year,” Rama Mohana Rao said.
The chairman also
pointed out that ambient air quality levels are under control. “The port alone
is not causing pollution in the city. Even during the lockdown, VPT handled
cargo and there was no pollution. Pollution levels dropped during the lockdown
as all industries were shut at that time.
The port is not causing pollution in the city chairman said.
I request the public to be
aware that the port is not causing pollution in the city,” he said.