INDIA’S PREMIER MARITIME STATE
Gujarat has emerged as the country’s premier maritime state in port traffic terms, accounting for 39.8 per cent of the total cargo handled. The state also accounts for 77 per cent of the total cargo handled by ports outside the control of the Central government. The overall increase in cargo handled at non-major ports during 2016-17 was mainly driven by the traffic in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Gujarat continues to be the leading maritime state, accounting for around 71.3 per cent of the total non-major port cargo traffic, followed by Maharashtra (7.2 per cent). Gujarat’s advantage lies in servicing the vast hinterland of the northern and central states. The total cargo traffic handled at the non-major ports during 2017-18 was 370.76 million tonnes (mt), as against 345.74 mt in 2017-18, a rise of a little over 7 per cent.