Port capacity to be doubled in five years
Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that the government intends to see the capacity of 12 state-run major ports doubled over the next five years.
In recent years state-run ports have lost traffic share to the more efficient private-sector ports with the Mundra Port, run by the Adani Group, overtaking the state-owned Kandla Port in the final quarter of last year.
The Minister announced that capacity would increase from 800 MT to 1,600 MT across the 12 state run major ports. Mr Gadkari said that the country’s GDP could be increased by 2% if key infrastructure sectors are developed fully.
The Minister targeted the turnaround time in Indian ports which he said compared unfavourably with the international benchmark. Another area requiring improvement is port connectivity with the Minister favouring Roll-On, Roll Off (Ro-Ro) facilities with special purpose vehicles utilising improved rail facilities. This might in turn avoid traffic congestion around port areas.
Other areas to be explored were satellite ports, slow customs clearance processes, road-rail connectivity and inadequate draft in channels limiting the size of ships entering port.