The state owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port JNPT, the
leader among the ports handling the highest number of containers in the country,
has one more feather in its cap. The high speed scanner which was commissioned
in the port on December Second has the capacity to scan one hundred containers
A spokesman of the Mumbai Customs said their
capacity to scan containers will go up three times. Earlier, we used to scan
around 2 lakh containers. Now, we will be able to scan nearly 6 lakh. Currently, JNPT can scan 7 to 10 per cent of
the containers that come in daily. Officials from the Customs Department at
JNPT are hopeful of cutting down the processing time of trucks and improving
ranking in the ease of doing business category
With a new high speed, an advanced scanner at the
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), the country’s biggest container port
handling over 44 per cent of containerized cargo, it will now be able to scan
around 25 per cent of goods and containers.
Special Secretary and Member (Customs), Central
Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, Pranab Kumar Das, inaugurated the scanner
at a function held in the port on December Second. It has been installed at the
Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House, Nhava Sheva.
Officials from the Customs Department at JNPT are
hopeful of cutting down the processing time of trucks and improving ranking in
the ease of doing business category. The new drive-through facility can scan
100 containers in an hour.
“Currently, we have two scanners — one is fixed
and the other is mobile. But with the drive-through scanner, it will be a time
saving process. We intend to have four more mobile scanners.
With the new facility, India is targeting to jump
to the Top 50 of ease of doing business rankings. This year itself, we have
jumped 66 places — from 146 to 80 — in ranking,” Das said. The government has
spent around Rs 31 crore on the project.