JNPT, the country's premier port has achieved substantial
growth over the last four years. The port is poised to scale new heights in the
coming years with the execution of many infrastructure projects, said Shri
Nitin Gadkari, Honorable Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, says
an official release.
Shri Gadkari was speaking to reporters after the
performance review of JNPT in the first 5 months of the
current financial year.
"JNPT is consistently posting impressive performance
in the last few years. I am very happy that implementation of various
performance initiatives and infrastructure projects to increase efficiency is
making good progress. This gives me
assurance that JNPT will continue to hold its premier position and also
transform itself into a business and growth hub for the region," Shri
Shri Gadkari said that he is confident that the port
would meet its target of 1 crore container handling capacity by 2022. He also
the applauded the profit growth of 16% achieved last year.
Highlighting the development of dry ports at Wardha,
Jalna , Nashik and Sangli which will promote hinterland cargo, he mentioned
that the work is in progress and JNPT is also working towards additional
revenue generation of over 300 cr per year through various new projects.
Speaking of the SEZ, he said that 6 plots have been
allotted with the investment of Rs 170 crore and is expected to generate 2500
jobs for the locals. Other 9 plots and FTWZ are under auction. He also expects
that 80% of the SEZ land will be alloted by November 2018.
To further reduce traffic congestion Shri Gadkari shared
that IIT Bombay is conducting a study to find further solutions. Additionally,
construction work of Rs.10 crore is underway to construct and improve the road
Shri Gadkari made a special mention of JNPT employees who
had contributed Rs 35 lakh towards Kerala flood relief.