Union Govt To Facilitate Development Of Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Into A Mega Port
Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that JNPT has utilized modern technology to provide facilities for reducing the turn-around time of loading and unloading to 26 hours.
JNPT officials briefed the Union Minister about multiple initiatives undertaken by the Port to enhance Ease of Doing Business, including the recently launched ‘Dwarf Container Train’ service.
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal visited Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai on Saturday (13 November).
During his day-long visit at the Port, Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the JNPT Concrete Road Facility Project at Karal junction and visited JNPT’s state-of-the-art Centralized Parking Plaza to review its tech-enabled operations at the CPP command centre.
Over there, the Minister also interacted with container truck drivers, who are an integral part of the maritime supply chain. The Minister also reviewed a presentation on terminal operations at the GTI House and boarded a vessel, followed by his visit to JNPT’s multi-product SEZ and Hind Terminal CFS.
JNPT officials briefed the Union Minister about multiple initiatives undertaken by the Port to enhance Ease of Doing Business, including the recently launched ‘Dwarf Container Train’ service and the status of Vadhavan Port and other JNPT-led infrastructure projects.
While addressing a press conference, Union Minister Sonowal stated, “JNPT is going to become a mega port in the near future. That is the vision plan we have in mind. For this, whatever top-class facilities are needed to be incorporated to provide the best-possible support to the users of the port will be done effectively.”
He further said, JNPT has been successful in earning a name for itself as the biggest container port in the country, which is at par with global standards. Referring to the state-of-the-art truck terminus of the port, the Minister said, JNPT has taken a praise-worthy step towards Ease of Doing Business.
The Minister also informed that JNPT has utilized modern technology to provide facilities for reducing the turn-around time of loading and unloading to 26 hours.
The Minister remarked that JNPT will move further ahead in the coming days and play a big role in strengthening the country’s economy and exporting farmers’ products to foreign countries.
Referring to the PM Gati Shakti scheme, Sonowal said, the integrated effort which is being taken by various ministries will add speed in development works around the country. He said this scheme brings different departments and ministries together to work in tandem with the same purpose, with integrated and coordinated efforts, which will certainly be beneficial for the citizens.
Referring to JNPT’s Special Economic Zones, the Minister said, SEZs are an important component of the Gati Shakti scheme.
“If all means of connectivity, be it waterways, airways or railways, are brought together and they play their role unitedly for the purpose of trade, or even providing the facilities to people within proper time, then the country’s economy will definitely be strengthened in a short time,” he said.