Kochi Port’s record traf­fic growth

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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.

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