IBEF: January 30, 2020
India's non-major ports witnessed an increase of 4.8 per cent in cargo traffic in April-December period of the current fiscal to 447.21 million tonnes (MT), as per the report by Shipping Ministry.
During April-December period of 2018-19, the non-major ports recorded a cargo traffic of 426.53 MT.
For April-December 2019-20, highest growth in traffic was recorded by Directorate of Ports at Odisha at 64.2 per cent followed by Ports of Tamil Nadu Maritime Board (34.1 per cent), Directorate of Ports, Puducherry, 27.7 per cent) and Ports Management Board, Andaman & Nicobar Islands (25.4 per cent) against the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, as per the report.
The growth recorded by Directorate of Ports, Karnataka witnessed 25 per cent growth while Gujarat Maritime Board saw a growth of 4.1 per cent.
Decline in growth was seen at Goa, Kerala Maritime Board, Maharashtra Maritime Board and Directorate of Ports, Andhra Pradesh (2.1 per cent).
Though, the report added that Gujarat Maritime Board handled the maximum cargo of 304.99 MT with a share of 68.2 per cent followed by Directorate of ports, Andhra Pradesh (17 per cent), Maharashtra Maritime Board (6.8 per cent) and Directorate of Ports, Odisha (5.7 per cent).
While, Directorate of Ports, Puducherry, cargo share stood at 1.8 per cent, Andaman & Nicobar Islands at 0.3 per cent and Directorate of Ports, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Maritime Board at 0.2 per cent each during April-December, 2019-20.
The report also added that the maximum overseas Cargo of 269.99 MT was handled by Gujarat Maritime Board holding a share of 71.2 per cent followed by Directorate of Ports, Andhra Pradesh (16.5 per cent) and Directorate of Ports, Odisha (6.0 per cent).
As far as coastal cargo was concerned Gujarat Maritime Board handled 35 MT with a share of 51.6 per cent followed by Maharashtra Maritime Board (22 per cent).
Gujarat had the longest coastline of about 1,600 km.
Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.