‘Non-ma­jor port mar­ket share should be de­vel­oped’

Shub­hendu Das, VP – Freight Man­age­ment Schenker In­dia talks on In­dian Ports:

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Q: What ex­pec­ta­tions do you have from the In­dian Ports Author­ity and the In­dian govern­ment to make this in­dus­try bet­ter?

In­dian ports, when you look into the ca­pac­ity ver­sus the util­i­sa­tion, I think the thresh­old is ab­so­lutely on the brink and that’s one of the rea­sons we have the high­est con­ges­tion at any given time. Nor­mally, y, the thresh­old should not go g above 70% but we are run­ning at + 82%. The op­ti­mum util­i­sa­tion lev­els are due to the un­even de­vel­op­ment of port in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try.

Q: How do you ease that?

Growth of non- ma­jor ports & Coastal ship­ping. Cur­rently non-ma­jor port has ap­pox 38% mar­ket share & this needs to be de­vel­oped. The East coast ports’ fur­ther de­vel­op­ment p will help p to han­dle bulk com­modi­ties more ef­fi­ciently. Coastal Ship­ping cur­rently is ap­pox. 7% in over­all cargo move­ment much lower com­pared Euro­pean & Asian stan­dard. De­vel­op­ment will help trans­porta­tion cost-ef­fec­tive, fuel – ef­fi­cient & en­vi­ron­ment-friendly. I think first of all we have ma­jor ports but we also need to have non-ma­jor ports. That’s where we need to in­vest and this in­vest­ment can only come through the PPP model.

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