While addressing a distinguished gathering of JNPT stakeholders in
Mumbai as part of 29 Foundation Day Celebration of JNPT, Nitin Gadkari, Union
Minister for Shipping, Road Transport, Highways, Water resources, River
development & Ganga rejuvenation, emphasised the need to harness India’s
vast coastal line for transport and bring down the heavy reliance on road
transport which results in environmental pollution and it will also bring down
the cost of transport in a major way.
Pointing out the need to improve the efficiency standards in
logistics, the Minister said he was “very proud that JNPT has been consistently
recording new records by improvement in its performance and raising the
efficiency levels.” He was also happy
that JNPT-SEZ will benefit the entire Konkan region..
Shri Neeraj Bansal, Chairman, JNPT drew attention to the steps taken
to achieve the highest volume of 4.83 million TEUs in March 2018 and also
record operating profit of Rs 1140 crore which is the highest among Indian
major ports. He also talked about the on-going projects which will make it one
of the 15 top ports in the world in the coming years. After referring to the progress of 4 dry
ports coming up in Maharahtra , he showed how the initiative like Direct Port
Delivery and other measures of ‘ ease of
doing business’ have brought sizable savings in both time and cost to the
In his comprehensive address, he also referred to the encouraging
response to JNPT-SEZ.
Besides a panel discussion by the leading personalities in shipping
sector and logistics on JNPT becoming a Global port, annual performance awards
of JNPT in different categories were handed over to the winners at the
The celebrations became complete with the stakeholders expressing
their appreciation for the consistent progress JNPT has firmly registered.