Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is the largest container port in India and has been a key enabler for EXIM trade growth in India. JNPT handled over 5 Million TEUs in FY 2018-19 which is share of 52% of the total containerized cargo handled by all major ports in the country. JNPT has been ranked 28th among the top container ports in the world and is the only Indian port to feature in the top 30.
JNPT ecosystem consists of a full-fledged Custom House, 34 Container Freight Stations (CFS) and connectivity to 52 Inland Container Depots (ICDs) across the country. The road connectivity is further being strengthened by ongoing project of 6/8 lane widened connectivity to NH-4 and NH-17. Upcoming Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) will enable faster logistics to northern hinterlands.
JNPT has partnered with DP World, Maersk and PSA over the past 3 decades in its operations to serve trade by bringing in efficiency in terms of terminal operations and increased its capacity to 7M TEUs. By 2022, JNPT expects to further enhance overall capacity to 10M TEUs.
In order to augment the Port capacity, JNPT accomplished its ambitious project of Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel at a cost of Rs. 1963 Crores, by which the Port successfully handled the vessel, MSC Cristina of capacity 13119 TEUs and the other vessel MSC Sindy of draft 15.7 meters.
The top EODB initiatives implemented at JNPT have helped to transform the port with various reforms such as Direct Port Delivery [DPD], Direct Port Entry [DPE], Logistics Data Bank Services, Automated Gate Operations, Web-based Container Gate Transactions, Customs processing zones in parking yards & Widening of port approach roads.
Under Sagarmala Initiative on Port led Industrialization, JNPT has taken up multiple projects. The ongoing development of JNPTSEZ and set up of Dry Ports at Wardha, Jalna, Sangli and Nashik will strengthen the Port to promote the Port based industries and in creation of thousands of job opportunities.
Environmental protection has been an integral part to JNPTs working principles. More than one third of the port area is coved by mangroves, natural and planted forest which has been maintained by the Port.
JNPT is synergizing all its efforts to become the most economical port in South Asia. I would like to extend my gratitude to all the stakeholders who have contributed on our journey to make JNPT a preferred port of call.
SANJAY SETHI, IAS
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