Minister Narendra Modi today 19 February 2018 dedicated the first phase of
the Rs 79 billion 4th terminal project of the JNPT to the nation, which will raise the cargo handling
capacity of the nation's largest container port by 50 per cent.
With the inauguration of this facility in a record time of three years
since the present government came to power, JNPT will nearly double its
container handling capacity. The new terminal has already added of 24 lakh
containers per year. The terminal’s capacity will go up to ten million TEUs in
the next four years.
With the Commissioning of the Dedicated
Railway Corridor from Delhi to Mumbai which is being implemented with full
vigour of the government, the ports in the West Coast including the private
ports that have come up in Gujarat including Mundra and the Ports in
Maharashtra will be reaching the Commanding heights in catering to the entire
requirement of the manufacturing industry in Northern and Central parts of the
Fourth Container Terminal has been
developed on Design, Built, Fund, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis for a
concession period of 30 years at an estimated cost of Rs. 7915 Crore. The project is
being implemented in two Phases. i.e. Phase –I and Phase –II. The indicative
cost of the project for Phase – I is Rs 4719 Crore. The foundation stone for the project was
laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in
October 2015, and Phase I has been completed in record time of three years..
The terminal will have deepest berths enabling it to handle “Mother
Ships”. It will be able to handle the biggest container ships from a quay length of 1 km, and
cranes that can reach 22 rows wide or greater. It will be able
to handle three container ships at one go with sufficient yard space
Terminal will be linked to the dedicated rail freight corridor and will be able
to receive about 350 containers per rake. The rail
facilities will be the largest in India with the only on-dock Dedicated Freight
Corridor (“DFC”) compliant facility in India, capable of handling 1.5km long,
360 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (“TEU”) container trains on completion of the
DFC. The facility will
also have provision for storing 1,600 reefer (refrigerated) containers to
handle agricultural and horticulture produce. Thus,
the commencement of operations at the 4th terminal offers a great
opportunity for the EXIM community to avail of the new facilities.
of world class infrastructure to boost international trade and give impetus to
‘Make in India’ programme has been among the key focus areas of the government.
In this regard Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust is taking every step to be future
ready and contribute to Government of India’s vision of port led development
under Sagarmala Programme.
Shipping Minister Nitin
Gadkari, said as committed by the Prime Minister, i Narendra Modi, the first
Phase of the terminal is ready in a record time. Logistics will play a key role
in the development of the economy and the government is committed to provide
world class logistics and infrastructure facilities so that trade flourishes in
the west coast ’
Under Sagarmala, as many as 101 projects
worth Rs 2.5 Lakh Crore have been planned in Maharashtra alone. Out of these, 5
projects have already been completed and 58 projects are under various stages
The shipping ministry is fully engaged in
creating an enabling environment to encourage trade and the completion of the
4th terminal in JNPT reinforces the government’s commitment to create a
hassle-free business environment for the export-import community.