‘JNPT enhances container handling capacity’
The country’s largest container port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is facing tremendous congestion and delays in cargo movements as it has been functioning way more than its ideal capacity. Neeraj Bansal, Chairman-in-charge, JNPT talks about the mea
Q JNPT is operating at more than 100 per cent capacity. What measures does JNPT intend to take for faster movement of goods?
JNPT is operating at more than 100 per cent capacity, but not at the cost of efficiency. We are tackling the same by capacity addition. For the capacity addition, the 330-metre standalone container terminal is ready and would be partially commissioned by end of April, which would add 0.8 million TEUs to the existing capacity. The construction work for the mega fourth container terminal has begun and would add a capacity of 4.8 million TEUs; Phase-1 commissioning will happen by November.
For faster turnaround time various measures adopted by the port are: Elimination of Form-13/Form-11 Inter-terminal transfer of tractortrailers between JNPCT & GTI Mechanisation of shallow draught berth
Q How is JNPT preparing to deal with a possible collapse of the only bridge that links JNPT to all the Container Freight Systems (CFS)?
The port is creating additional escape route from speedy CFS (DBC Logistics) end and widening the entire port road, both from JNPT gate to ‘Y’ junction and from ‘Y’ junction to Karal junction.
Some road development projects undertaken by JNPT are: JNPT CFS to SH-54: A new 2-km road completed PUB to Chandni Chowk: Existing road widened Chandni Chowk to SH-54: Service road constructed along the main road leading to Karal Junction New alternative road to connect JNPT CFS to North Gate Underpass at Karal Construction of a four-lane road over bridge near Nhava Sheva Police Station Widening and four laning of Old Uran-Sheva Road up to Phunde and SH-54
Q Please elaborate on the plan to connect JNPT with the hinterland of Maharashtra.
A plan to convert the existing four-lane, 45-km road connecting JNPT and the hinterland of Maharashtra into an 8/10-lane road is prime among the various decongestion steps. The road should be ready in three years and will address connectivity to hinterland.
Q What is the status of the multimodal hub and the SEZ planned by JNPT?
JNPT is developing a multimodal hub near Jasai, Also, the port is developing a special economic zone (SEZ) on a 277-hectare land. Area levelling, construction of compound wall and other activities have been taken up and the expected commissioning is end 2017.
Q How much time would it take for JNPT to implement paperless documentation?
Form-13/Form-11 has been eliminated in all three Terminals of JNPT with effect from February 23. As part of ease of doing business and a move towards paperless office automation, JNPT has appointed M/s CMC Limited as System Integrator for implementation of ERP along with up gradation of necessary IT Infrastructure, which includes providing support for a period of five years after Go-Live.
Neeraj Bansal Chairman-in-charge JNPT