IN­DIA’S PREMIER MAR­ITIME STATE

Maritime Gateway - - Event Review -

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.

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