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of over 150 ‘non-major’ ports in
the country, and consider linking them with ‘Major’ ports to
form a national grid of ports.
Non-major’ ports are regulated by various state maritime boards. While major
ports continue to attract the
bulk of the traffic (handling 55
per cent throughput), several
non-major ports have also
started handling substantial
volumes. They have grown in
importance in 3-4 states mainly because of their cargo-rich
hinterland and proactive maritime boards. Gujarat accounts
for 70 per cent of non-major
port cargo, while Andhra
Pradesh accounts for 16 per
cent, Maharashtra 7 per cent,
and Odisha 4 per cent.
Reportedly, the government’s focus is on increasing
India’s export-import (EXIM)
cargo volumes by improving
con nect ivit y t hrough enhanced coastal shipping. This
would involve further development of smaller ports and
their inter-linking with Major
ports, among other aspects.
Besides, the proposed Indian Ports Bill, 2020 will be a
‘Game Changer’ in the Indian
Maritime sector specially for
bringing more investments to
this core infrastructure sector.
The Draft Indian Ports
Bill, 2020, seeks to enable the
structured growth and sustainable development of ports
to attract investments in the
Port sector for optimum utilisation of the Indian Coastline
by effective administration
and management of ports.
The proposed Bill will provide measures to facilitate conservation of ports, taking into
account the prevalent situation
with respect to the high number of non-operational ports. It
shall further ensure greater
investment in the Indian maritime and ports sector through
the creation of improved, comprehensive regulatory frameworks for the creation of new
ports and management of existing ports.
The Bill also seeks to create
an enabling environment for
the growth and sustained development of the ports sector in
India through the following
broad methods including constitution of Maritime Port Regulatory Authority.
The proposed Bill envis-
ages formulation of the National Port Policy and National
Port Plan in consultation with
Coastal state´ governments,
state maritime boards and
Moreover, the Central
Board of Indirect Taxes and
Customs (CBIC) had recently
issued the revised policy and
guidelines for setting up of inland container depots (ICDs),
container freight stations
(CFSs), and airfreight stations
(AFSs) to address the issues of
geographical disparity and concentration and aims to align
future developments with projects like rail freight corridor
and inland waterways.
The revised policy has factored the developments in the
sector in the last two decades,
including the growth in volumes during this period, geographical concentration of
CFSs/ICDs, implementation of
schemes like direct port delivery/direct port entry.
Besides, it has also taken
into consideration other automation and efficiency improvement measures; and also, the
like dedicated freight corridors
and inland waterways.
The food rush
A grant of `107.42 crore has
been approved for implementing 28 food processing projects
spread over 10 states with
overall project costs amounting to `320.33 crore.
The projects spread across
the states of Madhya Pradesh,
Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir,
Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Assam, and Manipur will create a processing
capacity of 1,237 tonnes daily.
These projects are likely to
generate employ ment for
nearly 10,000 people.
A grant of `20.35 crore has
been specifically approved for
six projects in the Northeast.
T hese projects are wort h
The projects have been applied by Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI)
through a unit scheme of Creation and Expansion of Food
Processing and Preservation
Capacities (CEFPPC) under
the Pradhan Mantri Kisan
Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) for
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