Kochi Port’s record traffic growth
enhanced navigation on the Haldia-varanasi stretch of the National Waterway-1. The project spans Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and the major districts under its ambit are Varanasi, Ghazipur, Ballia, Buxar, Chhapra, Vaishali, Patna, Begusarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj, Musrhidabad, Pakur, Hoogly and Kolkata.
The project is expected to be completed by March, 2023 and will provide an alternative mode of transport that will be environment friendly and cost effective. The project will contribute in bringing down the logistics cost in the country. eters such as infrastructure, services, timeliness, track and trace, competitiveness of pricing, safety of cargo, operating environment and regulatory process. Kochi Port has emerged as star performer among major ports with a cargo traffic growth of 17.27 per cent between April and December 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. The growth in cargo traffic was largely due to crude oil and petroleum products.
Kochi has had the second highest rate of growth in cargo traffic among major ports during the Aprildecember period, with Haldia Dock Complex topping with a growth of 17.67 per cent. Kochi Port witnessed its traffic grow from 1,82,35,000 tonnes to 2,13,84,000 tonnes during the period.
The other ports that have made considerable growth are Paradip with 14.59 per cent and JNPT with nearly 6 per cent. While most major ports appear to have had a difficult 2016, Mormugao Port has seen cargo traffic go down by more than 16 per cent.