The Cargo throughput in 12 major ports of the country will exceed 1600
million tons annually in the next two years because of the various capacity
addition programs launched under the Sagar Mala, Mr Kailash Kumar Aggarwal,
Joint Secretary, Ports, Shipping Ministry said.
Delivering the special address at the two day CII Port Conclave here
on September 25th he said cargo handled at the major ports is
expected touch 1451 million tons by the end of the year. Another two hundred
million ton capacity is expected to be added to the port in the next two years.
He said because of slew of measures taken at ports as part of the ease
of doing business the detention of vessels
at major ports on an average has come
down to 54 hours from 87 hours three
years earlier. In the case of container ships the detention time at the major
ports has come down to 45 hours from 49 hours earlier.
As many as 16 Public Private Partnership Projects have been launched
at these ports costing Rs 20,000 Crores which will further add portís capacity
by over 250 million tons.
As for port connectivity projects, the Shipping Ministry has planned
to build 4299 kilometers of rail lines and 87000 kilometers of road to link
various ports. Under this project, the Ministry plans to commission 1300
kilometers of railway lines and1600 kilometers in the next two years.
The Ministry has finalysed plans to step up the share of cargo
handling through Inland Waterways to 12 per cent from six per cent now. The
ports now handle 85 million tones of Coastal cargo and the government plans to
step it up to 220 million tons in the next seven years.
Major port administrations are considering introduction of concessions
to attract transshipment cargo from Colombo and Singapore ports. The
transshipment cargo is getting diverted to Indian ports for the last few months
following the relaxation of Cabotage laws on movement of containers and
fertilizers by foreign going vessels.
Of the fifteen Multi Modal Logistics Parks planned by the Ministry,
four of them are likely to be commissioned during the current financial year.
The ministry has also identified 36 industrial clusters near the ports and 14
coastal economic zones for implementation under Sagar Mala.
Among the projects identified under Sagar Mala to be implemented in
the next twenty years a sum of Rs 2.6 lakhs Crores have been earmarked for Port
connectivity and Rs 4.71 lakh Crores for setting up Coastal Industrial Zones.
In his address Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said
490 projects are under various stages of implementation in ports at an
estimated cost of Rs 4.25 lakh crores. The government has also taken various
initiatives to reduce Logistics cost so that our industries become competitive
in exports.. The logistics system is being improved in terms of cost,
efficiency, sustainability and safety, he said.