Giving a big boost to India’s port, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to unveil the Fourth Container Terminal (FCT) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai. On Sunday, PM Modi will visit Mumbai to inaugurate the container and with this JNPT is set to almost double its handling capacity. The capacity at the JNT will increase to a gigantic 24 lakh containers per year with the addition of the new FCT. The interesting bit is that this is just only Phase-1; after phase 2 is completed, the Port Trust will be able to hold a huge 100 lakh containers per year!
The development of this Fourth Container Terminal has been carried out by Design, Built, Fund, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT). It was back in October 2015 when PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the project. The entire cost of the project is estimated at Rs 7915 and the time for it is set for a concession period of 30 years. However, the phase 1 of the project has been completed in record time.
One of the unique features of this terminal is that it will have deepest berths which will enable it to handle “Mother Ships”. The terminal will be able to handle some of the biggest container ships from a quay length of 1 km. The cranes at the Terminal can reach 22 rows wide or greater. It will be able to handle three container ships at one go with sufficient yard space.
Speaking on the issue was Union Minister Nitin Gadkari who said that the phase 1 of the terminal has been made in record time. He said, “Logistics play a major role in developing an economy and our government is committed to provide world-class logistics and infrastructure facilities in order to flourish trade.”
This project will not only give a much-needed boost to the international trade, however, it will also give momentum to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme as well. The new terminal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust will contribute to Sagarmala Programme.
Under Sagarmala Programme, a total of 101 projects worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore have been inducted in Maharashtra only. And so far, at least 5 projects have been completed already. As many as 58 projects are under various stages of development.