The central government is focusing on port-led growth and is keen to
develop global standard logistics facilities with a view to boost economic
growth. Countries with good shipping infrastructure usually register high
economic growth, says a press release from JNPT.
This was emphasised further by Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, honourable
minister of state for Shipping, Transport, Fertilisers & Chemicals who
visited JNPT port facilities and reviewed the progress of ongoing projects.
Expressing happiness at the progress of JNPT over the last few years,
Shri Mandaviya said,” JNPT has taken the lead in recording substantial growth
in the port sector. The government has plans to double the cargo handling
capacity of ports by 2050 and JNPT too is rapidly expanding its capacity”.
Stating that the government allocated Rs 7 lakh crore towards the
development of shipping infrastructure during this year’s budget, Shri Mandavia
said that the government is keen to improve the connectivity across the country
so that trade flourishes resulting in higher economic growth.
Shri Mandaviya visited the port facilities and reviewed the progress
of various on-going activities at the port. He also inspected the ongoing
Shri Neeraj Bansal, Chairman-in-Charge welcomed the honourable minister
and appraised him of the latest developments at the port.“JNPT is creating
additional capacity building measures and the total capacity will go up to 10
million TEUs by 2022. Creating world class infrastructure and logistics
facilities at the port for seamless movement of trade is a major priority for
JNPT”, Shri Bansal said.
Shri Bansal also said that the dry ports being developed by JNPT at
Wardha, Jalna, Nashik and Sangli will connect the hinterland to port and also
would encourage the growth of manufacturing and agriculture sector in the
Huge investments are needed to shore up the infrastructure facilities
and improve the connectivity in the country and a mix of both public and
private partnerships approach will be adopted to create the necessary
infrastructure, Shri Mandaviya said.
To realise the doubling of cargo handling capacity, the central
government is also developing 6 major ports in the country at Vadhavan in
Maharashtra, Belekeri in Karnataka, Enayam and Srikazhi in TamilNadu, Paradip
Outer Harbour in Orissa and Tajpur in West Bengal, Shri Mandaviya added.