The country's 12 major ports marked growth in cargo
traffic by 4.13 percent to 221.95 million tonnes (MT) in April-July period of
the ongoing fiscal. This comes in wake of surge in demand, according to the
data from Indian Ports Association (IPA).
These top ports, under the administrative control of the Centre, had handled
213.15 MT cargo in the April-July period of the last fiscal. The IPA
further says that the increased demand from sectors like iron ore, petroleum
oil and lubricants (POL) and containers led to higher movement of cargo during
the last four months.
Iron ore traffic volumes moved up 32.28 percent to 15.61 MT during April-July
as against 11.80 MT in the same period a year ago, while those of POL rose
10.40 percent to 75.18 MT. Container traffic rose 6.16 percent to 44.06
The Kandla port handled the highest traffic
volume at 36.10 MT during April-July this year, followed by the Paradip port at
32.93 MT and JNPT at 21.84 MT, data showed.