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Major Ports Register positive growth of 1.78 per cent in April 2018

The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 1.78 per cent and together handled 56.81 Million Tons of cargo during the period April 2018 as against 55.82 Million Tons handled during the corresponding period of previous year.    


The Nine Ports Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic.

Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports:

he highest growth was registered by Kolkata (12.56 per cent), followed by Kamarajar (12.08 per cent) New Mangalore (11.41 per cent), Paradip (11.12 per cent) and Chennai (7.55 per cent). In Kolkata Port, overall growth was 12.56 per cent.

During April 2018, Deendayal (Kandla) Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e. 9.32 Million tonnes (16.41 percent share), followed by Paradip with 8.15 Million Tonnes (14.35 per cent share), JNPT with 5.89 Million Tonnes 10.37 per cent share), Visakhapatnam with 5.13 Million Tonnes (09.03 per cent share) and Mumbai with 4.98 Million Tonnes (8.76 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. 28.30 per cent, followed by Container (20.88 per cent), Thermal & Steam Coal (17.06 per cent), Other Misc. Cargo (13.17 per cent), Coking & Other Coal (7.41 per cent), Iron Ore & Pellets (6.98 per cent), Other Liquid (4.29 per cent%), Finished Fertilizer (1.02 per cent) and FRM (0.89 per cent). 

While the container traffic in the state owned major ports rose by four per cent during the last financial year (2017-18), the rate of growth in private ports like Mundra, Katupalli and Krishnapatnam was over forty per cent. It is time that shipping ministry take steps on a war footing to improve the railway connectivity especially to east coast ports which are working fffty per cent of the capacity.

Connectivity projects like the elevated corridor between Chennai port and Maduravoyal is still hanging in balance though the Tamil Nadu government gave its approval nearly one year ago.

The National Highways Authority of India has set up a consultant to prepare the revised detailed project report nearly eight months ago. Things have not moved in the matter and the work is yet to resume in the crucial project which can make or mar the prospects of Chennai Port. 


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