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Major Indian Ports asked to build infrastructure to ensure zero cargo wait time by 2025

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NEW DELHI : The Shipping Ministry has asked all major ports to ensure adequate infrastructure by 2025 for achieving zero waiting time for inward as well as outbound cargoes. In an office memorandum, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) noted that port capacity required in 2047 will be around six-times of the present port capacity.

“Major Ports should carry out detailed planning. If these are constraints on waterfronts and /or land availability, the major ports shall explore possibility of setting up satellite ports,” it said.

The memorandum also said the major port authorities shall prepare a comprehensive master plan 2047 for the entire port area including cargo projections, warehousing etc with ultimate aim to achieve efficient logistics for enhancing economic development.

“Also, all major ports must ensure that there is adequate infrastructure in place by 2025 to achieve zero waiting time for inward as well as outbound cargo ie ship, rail, truck carrying cargo to and from port should not be required to wait,” it said.

According to the memorandum, further in order to ensure the broad structure is in line with Maritime Vision 2030 and 2047 along with other initiatives of MoPSW, Indian Ports Association (IPA) is directed to coordinate with all the port authorities putting in place a suitable mechanism.

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