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Major Ports cargo throughput to touch 1600 million tons in next two years

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.


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