Port Wings News Network:
At a high level round table meeting held on 15 January 2020, the stakeholders of JNPT headed by Chairman Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS discussed and strategized about the planned development of the Jalna Dry Port.
JNPT has undertaken the development of a proposed dry port cum industrial park also known as a multimodal logistics park at Jalna near Aurangabad in Maharashtra to capture a wider hinterland by providing a direct-to-port railway linkage to exporters /importers; and provide seamless logistics facilities to industry in the Marathwada region.
Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT visited the proposed Jalna Dry port site to examine the Project status and held detailed discussion with potential stakeholders representing Ernst & Young LLP; Chamber of Marathwada Industries & Agricultural (CMIA); Kayhaon Paper Mills Ltd.; Gauri Agrotech Products Pvt. Ltd.; Shakti Engineering Company; Savera Group (Engineering Division); Thakurji Solvex Pvt. Ltd.; Tanish Gloal Foreigh Trades & Facilitations; and S.B. Exporters, Salasar Shipping, MRP & Associates.
During the discussion, participants were appraised on initiatives taken by JNPT for improving the Ease of Doing Business, handling capacity and operational efficiency of the Port. The participants were also briefed about the development of Centralized Parking Plaza, first of a kind 277 hectares multi-product SEZ, Installation of 3 Mobile Scanners to increasing the Security Profile and development of dry ports at strategic location in Maharashtra namely Jalna, Wardha, Nashik and Sangli.
The Chairman and potential stakeholders also discussed the installation of scanners for scanning of containers at JNPT and Dry Port; connectivity between proposed Jalna Dry Port and proposed Samruddhi Mahamarg; facility for obtaining Plant and Animal Quarantine certification at JNPT/Jalna Dry Port. The discussion further highlighted the need for increasing the frequency of rail service from Jalna Dry Port to JNPT; the utilization and availability of Empty Container at other operational ICDs and the status on Doubling the Railway track from Manmad to Aurangabad.
JNPT handles more than 34% of total Indian Container trade, where Maharashtra state alone contributes around 2mn TEUs of traffic to the port annually which is approximately 50% of JNPT’s container traffic. Hence, it has been planned to develop dry ports in the state of Maharashtra itself based on a hub-and-spoke model for cargo clearance and aggregation, helping JNPT extend hinterland connectivity.
The dry ports shall be operated through an Inland Container Depot operator cum Developer who shall facilitate cargo movement while other Industrial units shall be allotted plots in the dry ports to generate captive cargo. Once operational, these dry ports shall be conductive to the port’s overall growth objective.