Eight connectivity projects have been launched by the Minister of Shipping and Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai.
The projects worth Rs 1,117.3 crore includes integrated common rail yard facility at JNPT, connecting fourth terminal of JNPT with rail, Jasai-JNPT third railway line, flyover at north gate, integrated centralised parking for tractor-trailers, construction of coastal berth, flyover at Y junction and restructuring of yard behind shallow water berth.
The projects will improve the connectivity of remote areas with JNPT. Port Connectivity is among the four pillars of Ministry of Shipping’s flagship Sagarmala programme.
Speaking on the occasion Gadkari said that huge investments are expected under the Sagarmala programme, which will lead to better infrastructure and creation of new jobs besides giving a big push to Indian exports.
He said a lot of companies have shown interest in acquiring land for setting up factories in the JNPT SEZ zone, and this in turn will create a demand for skilled manpower
The congestion at JNPT has come down to zero and tonnage handled has reached a record high of 4.5 million TEU for the year ended March 2017.