‘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

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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

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