JNPT handles record 55.84 mln tonne traffic in FY08

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New Delhi, Jun 26 (UNI) Union Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister T R Baalu today reviewed the performance of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, the premium container hub port on the country's west coast, which has recorded a 23 per cent increase over the previous year.

In 2007-08, the port handled traffic of 4.06 million TEUs (55.48 million tonnes), 13 per cent more than the target set by the Shipping ministry for the port. The minister was informed at the review meeting that the performance would be further improved upon this year with the ship berth-day output during April-May 2008 at 21,158 tonnes, a substantial increase over the corresponding period last year.

Several capacity augmentation projects are in the offing, including 330M extension to berth north side of the port at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore for which global bids have already been invited. The procedural work to launch the much awaited Fourth Container Terminal and Marine Chemical Terminal, at an estimated cost of Rs 4,100 crore is already on and is likely to add the capacity of 30 million tonnes for container and 8.80 million tonnes for liquid/POL.

Of the 32 projects identified under National Maritime Development Programmme (NMDP), four have been completed and nine works are in progress. A consultant is being appointed for the development of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Export Promotion Zone to provide infrastructure facilities for port-based industries.

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