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.
traffic handled at Major Ports:
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
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