Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State, Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemicals and Fertilisers, inaugurated various infrastructure projects at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
The Minister began his day with a formal welcome to the port by Mr Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT. He inaugurated the mobile X-ray container scanner facility of JNPCT. The designed throughput for the new mobile container scanner is 20 containers per hour. This will help in scanning the containers inside the terminal premises; thus security agencies will have advantage to take appropriate action before the container is allowed to exit. Trade will be benefitted with this initiative as DPD containers can be allowed directly from the port after examining the same with the help of new mobile scanners.
Second project, of 220/333 KV MUSS sub-station at JNPT yard, was inaugurated with state-of-the-art 220 and 33 KV gas insulated switch gears deployed to have maximum power reliability. Sub-station is provided with SCADA and sub-station automation system where information regarding any fault is made available on mobile phone of the concerned engineers round-the-clock to have better control on sub-station operations, and automated fire detection and alarm system along with CCTVs are deployed.
The new Centralised Parking Plaza (CPP) and buildings for container tractor trailers and Customs facilitation centre were also inaugurated, provided exclusively to integrate the parking of tractor trailers carrying factory stuffed containers for exports at one location from the existing multiple locations. This will help integrate document processing by Customs with state-of-the-art facilities and service provision in the parking plaza. The centralised parking plaza will provide parking facility for trucks carrying export containers and enable completing pre-gate entry formalities and documentation for export under one window system. This system will ease the movement of container trucks on JNPT roads and help the respective terminals to plan their TT movements in a better way.
This was followed by unveiling of the newly-constructed flyover at Y junction near Public Utility Building (PUB). The total length of the flyover is 830 m with 600 m approaches on both sides. The newly-built flyover will help in faster evacuation of cargo and will avoid the criss-crossing of the GTI out container traffic with northbound containers for NSICT, JNPCT and NSIGT.
All these projects are part of JNPT’s continuous efforts to help reduce logistics cost to help the exim trade and is in line with the government’s Ease of Doing Business initiative.
The Minister also inaugurated Shiv Samarth Memorial and Museum near Jasai-Dastanphata, Uran to commemorate the great Maratha emperor. It is a recreational facility project developed to promote the art, culture and be an avenue for the society at large to stay connected with the local heritage. The project includes recreational facilities like community hall, 2 halls for exhibition and fort models, art gallery for models and paintings, audio-visual room, cafeteria, amphitheatre having capacity for 250 persons, 7,000 sq. m landscape garden and green rooms. The fourth floor has a deck slab for visitors to view the statues which will be installed on the fifth floor showing statues of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Saint Shree Ramdas Swami.
With all the inaugurated projects and the ongoing infrastructural initiatives underway, the port is set to further consolidate its position as the premier container port in the country and these will drive the next phase of transformation at JNPT.