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PM Modi dedicates Rs 79 bn 4th terminal project at JNPT to the nation

Prime 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 country.

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 

This 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. 

Development 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 of development..

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.


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