The major ports in India have recorded a
growth of 3.24 per cent and together handled
326.4 Million Tons of cargo during the period April to September, 2017 as
against 316.1 Million Tons handled during the corresponding period of previous
Seven Ports (Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai,
Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai and JNPT) registered positive growth in traffic
during the period April to September 2017.
Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports:
The highest growth was registered
by Cochin Port (19.62 per cent), followed by Kolkata [incl. Haldia], New
Mangalore, Paradip with growth of about 12 per cent.
Cochin Port growth was mainly due
to increase in traffic of POL (27.8%) and Containers (10.3 per cent).
In Kolkata Port, overall growth
was positive i.e. 11.95 per cent. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic
growth of 0.72 per cent. Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered positive growth
of 17.74 per cent.
During the period April to September
2017, Kandla Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e. 53.29 Million
tonnes (16.33 per cent share), followed by Paradip with 47.61 Million Tonnes
(14.59 percent share), JNPT with 32.69 Million Tonnes (10.02 per cent share),
Mumbai with 31.23 Million Tonnes (9.57 per cent share), and Visakhapatnam with 30.15
Million Tonnes (9.24 per cent share). Together, these five ports handled around
60 per cent of Major Port Traffic.
Commodity-wise percentage share
of POL was maximum i.e. 34.01 per cent, followed by Container (20.22 per cent),
Thermal & Steam Coal (12.66 per cent), Other Misc. Cargo (12.17 per cent),
Coking & Other Coal (7.6 per cent), Iron Ore & Pellets (6.65 per cent),
Other Liquid (4.35 per cent), Finished Fertilizer (1.24 per cent) and FRM (1.11
“Growing ports are becoming
catalysts for shaping the Prime Minister’s vision of a ‘New India. The
Government is committed towards inclusive development to generate continuous growth
and prosperity. Timely delivery of
projects will help give the much needed boost to economy", said
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping, who recently inaugurated various
projects across India.
Dry Port at Wardha and infra projects in Andaman & Nicobar islands, under the
Sagarmala Programme that aims to save logistic costs and pave the way for