Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust plans to commission two dry ports at Wardha and
Jalna in Maharashtra by June next year. The Jalna dry port will come up close
to Aurangabad, with an annual capacity of 20,000 twenty foot equivalent units
dry port will come up near Nagpur, with another 20,000 TEU annual capacity. A
sum of eight hundred crores will be spent for development of these ports. JNPT
has also decided to start similar dry ports in Nashik and Sangli. While Wardha
will cater to Nagpur, Jalna will be beneficial to Aurangabad and the proposed
port at Sangli will help Kolhapur.
work on Jalna and Wardha has already begun and should be ready soon said a
spokesman of the JNPT
Shipping Ministry has been trying to develop dry port infrastructure especially
in Maharashtra to improve the turnaround time of ships calling at Major Ports
in the Country.
A dry port
will help logistics companies consolidate their operations and complete export
and import procedures at inland locations that are closer to farms and
factories. It provides customers better control over the cargo,
than getting stacked at port warehouses for Customs clearances, containers can
now be transported via road and rail networks to the inland dry port, where
customers or exporters can get clearance for containers.
ports will lead to cost reduction to the tune of twenty per cent for exporters,
faster clearances and better control over cargo,” the official said.