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Technology advancement uplifts productivity at India’s major ports

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portsIndia’s major ports have witnessed growth in productivity due to technological advancement and reforms for enhancing ease of doing business.

“Technological advancement for modernisation of major ports and reforms for enhancing ease of doing business are driving and sustaining the growth trend line at India’s major ports,” the Ministry of Shipping said in an official statement.

According to the Ministry, the country’s 12 major ports together handled 273.96 million tonnes of cargo between April to August, 2017 as against 265.31 million tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year, registering an overall growth of 3.26%.

The ports including Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai and JNPT registered positive growth in traffic during April to August 2017.

The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (19.99%), followed by New Mangalore (13.26%), Paradip (12.57%), Kolkata [incl. Haldia] (11.45%) and JNPT (6.18%).

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The RFID tagging, implemented at gates of all ports, enables seamless movement to optimise cargo flow, besides enhancing security. “Trucks as well as drivers’ entry-exist is recorded using RFID card system doing away with paperwork thus reducing human interface. This is one of the steps taken in order to benchmark major ports with globally renowned ports,” the ministry further said.

The Ministry has also been proactively undertaking legislative reforms to weed out old obsolete laws and enhancing connectivity of ports to improve their efficiency under its Sagarmala Programme.

With India striving to improve its manufacturing competitiveness with Make in India, the Government is leaving no stone unturned to make ports the drivers of socio-economic change and aid long term growth trajectory of the economy.

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