Deendayal Port Trust also known as Kandla Port, has crossed 100 MMT (Million Metric Tons) in cargo handling.
Situated in Kutch, Gujarat, the port which is one of the 12 Major Ports of India, handled 13.25 MMT of liquid cargo and 43.76 MMT of Dry cargo & containers at Kandla.
It also handled 43.30 MMT at Vadinar (which includes transhipment), the containerized cargo crossed 4.50 lakh TEU during this period, grossing a total of 100 MMT overall. Major commodities handled by the Deendayal Port are Crude Oil, Petroleum product, Coal, Salt, Edible Oil, Fertilizer, Sugar, Timber, Soya bean, Wheat.
This major achievement can be attributed to the user-friendly approach of the port with the Shipping fraternity / stakeholders and constant consultations with them to improve Ease of Doing Business.
Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (I/C) appreciated the efforts taken by Deendayal Port and added that it is indeed the major achievements in the challenging COVID times and it is significant indication that economy is bouncing back to achieve pre-COVID times.
The 12 Major ports of India under the control of the central government namely are Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V. O. Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia).
Major Ports since the outbreak of the pandemic has witnessed decline in traffic for ten consecutive months. However, slight recoveries has started since June 2020.