Wait times at major Indian ports are expected to drastically reduce if Sarbananda Sonowal, the shipping minister’s ambitious targets are fulfilled.
There must be zero waiting time for outbound and inbound cargo. This means there should be no waiting ships or trucks carrying cargo. Sonowal announced this at a Chintan Baithak (better understood as a thought conclave) of the shipping ministry on unique ideas to propel the country’s blue economy. This will also involve bringing down the current wait time of about a day for berthing at major Indian ports to zero.
In FY20, the average time before a cargo vessel berthing at a major Indian port was nearly 0.95 days. The pre-berthing phase is the wait time a ship experiences before it enters the berth at a port.
Per official reports, the turnaround time of containers at major ports in India is approximately 26.5 hours. This has come down from about 45 hours in 2013-14.
Sonowal emphasized that the focus must be on public-private partnership projects, especially in Greenfield port development activities. We must strive to view the PPP model as that could ease up government resources for Greenfield port development. This will enhance developments in the coastal regions and facilitate ease of living for those living there. It is also likely to help businesses avail of exceptional services with ease.
Reference: The Economic Times