Port Wings News Network:
Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT met Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board, along with key officials of Railways & DFCCIL to discuss the ongoing rail projects at JNPT.
In the meeting, key avenues for mutual support and opportunities for growth of the rail share were stressed upon. A brief presentation was also given on JNPT’s overall operations, infrastructure developments, especially new technological advancements implemented to improve the efficiency and quality of business at the Port.
In course of the meeting, JNPT Chairman highlighted the increase in Rail Traffic and the significant decrease in the Dwell time of import containers moved by rail. For the period (Apr 18 to Mar 19) the Dwell time has improved from 116.09 hours to 66.16 hours. The major initiatives undertaken like simplification of processes, digitization & new ITRHO Agreement have helped in increase the overall rail share at JNPT. Last year, JNPT along with the private Port Terminals (DP World, APM Terminals and PSA Terminal) in coordination with CONCOR reached out to the Trade at Ludhiana where the commencement of a weekly dedicated train from Ludhiana to JN Port every Saturday was announced as per the suggestion by the trade community in Ludhiana.
Today, JNPT serves more than 50 different ICD locations all over the country and additionally there are rail movements to 3 CFSs which have rail connectivity. Currently the JNPT-DFCC Loading yard is under construction and will be ready by June 2021. DFC will be a game changer by providing freight only corridor, making it an economical, faster & more reliable option to move goods between JNPT & the Northern hinterland. Upgrading of transportation technology, increase in productivity and reduction in unit transportation cost are also the focus areas of the DFC project.
During the meeting, Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT and Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board agreed upon to form a committee of officials from Central Railway, DFCCIL, CONCOR & JNPT to fast-track the ongoing railway projects at JNPT.