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4th Container Terminal project of JNPT and BMCTPL reaches 86% of completion at satisfactory pace despite challenges

The Concession Agreement for development of 4th Container Terminal was signed between JNPT with Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Ltd (BMCTPL) of PSA International on 6th May, 2014 and the foundation stone laying ceremony was attended by PM Modi on October 11, 2015.

The project involved real challenges of dredging and civil construction work; more significantly, it had to reclaim land about more than 100 acres of waterfront. Though congestion on the roads added to the difficulties, about 2000 round trips of dumpers every day, the task moved on hassle-free.

Satisfied with the pace of the progress of the project, both JNPT and BMCTPL are justifiably confident that the project will reach completion as per schedule.

Another great exacting challenge was providing employment opportunities to the Project Affected Persons (PAP) as demanded by “Sarwa-pakshiya Committee” and the issue was solved by the Port in a very democratic manner, exhibiting skillful initiative of managing social problems.

 BMCTPL is under contractual obligation to give preference to PAPs in providing employment, provided eligibility conditions are fulfilled.

The incident of 10th August is the first instance wherein democratic manner of resolving issues was not followed, which is condemned.  

Port authorities and Ministry of Shipping have taken this issue very seriously and action to book every culprit has already been started.

To safeguard the installation of PSA, deployment of 12 CISF persons have been done. Regarding deployment of CISF for Terminal Operations, survey work has already been done to freeze the requirement of CISF and proposal is submitted to MHA.

The advertisement for recruitment at BMCTPL was published in the local newspapers and on the website of BMCTPL.  About 9000 applications have been received, of which 800 candidates are fulfilling the eligibility criteria. About 662 candidates appeared for online test. Medical tests are in progress and the offers will be given in next couple of days.


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