Mostly privately owned and operated Minor
Ports have registered an increased growth in cargo handling during fiscal
2017-18 after a slowdown in their pace of growth past two years.
analysts attributed this increase in growth to the accelerated Government
efforts to win back cargo with improved service levels.
New data show
the Gujarat, which houses the biggest privately developed Ports of Mundra and
Pipavav, accounted for as much as 70 percent of total cargo routed through
Minor Ports, followed by Andhra Pradesh, at 16 percent, and Maharashtra, at 7
percent. As a result, these three States together represented about 93 percent
of Minor Ports’ seaborne trade in fiscal 2017-2018.
Minor Ports in these three States handled freight as follows: Gujarat — 370
million tonnes, up from 345 million tonnes in 2016-2017; Andhra Pradesh — 86
million tonnes, up from 70 million tonnes; and Maharashtra — 38 million tonnes,
up from 35 million tonnes, according to statistics.