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Maharashtra will be flooded with dry ports to provide connectivity to JNPT

The 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 (TEUs).

The Wardha 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.

Development work on Jalna and Wardha has already begun and should be ready soon said a spokesman of the JNPT

The 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,

Rather 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.

“The dry 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.


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