Dear Valued Employees, Stakeholders and my Trade Partners,
The COVID-19 situation has evolved further and we all are dealing with the changing scenario. JNPT continues to foster a culture that embraces change by being resilient. First and foremost we would like to thank all our employees and stakeholders for all the support being extended during this challenging time for maintaining the business continuity. Due to this, even during this challenging times, we have been able to achieve high standard of good governance and ensured sustainability of our business and our multiple stakeholders.
In the month gone by, JNPT registered a throughput of 289,292 TEUs in container handling and handled total of 166 vessels. Port maintained 89% of export volume as compared to June 2019 with the easing of lockdown restrictions and the factories opening up. The port also handled a record 511 rakes during the month June-2020, overtaking the previous highest monthly handling of 499 rakes in May 2020.
As we observed the World Environment Day last month, an ever-increasing number of port authorities around the world are planning to make ports sustainable and are taking up this challenge by implementing key infrastructure developments. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, since its inception has been working towards sustainability around its commercial area of operations. We have set a trend in the Indian port sector to address environmental aspects even before the commencement of any other project of the port.
JNPT constantly focuses on sustainability to minimize the impact of the ports operations on the environment and surrounding communities. On the environment conservation front, the port has undertaken many green initiatives which includes harnessing of solar power, sewage treatment plant for recycling of waste water and Solid waste management plant, as we aim to be a Green Port, to maintain ecological balance. Today nearly 34% of the port area is under green cover including mangroves. We not only aim to obtain economic efficiencies, but also focus on ecological and social stability. Thus environmental protection will continue to be an integrated aspect in JN Port's planning and operations.
Let us continue to work together as “One Team One Goal” with greater speed and intensity for making JNPT the Port of Choice.
Together, we all will get through this.
TAKE CARE, STAY SAFE
SANJAY SETHI, IAS
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