The Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) has become the first 100% landlord port in India, with all ports operated under the PPP model. One of the leading ports in the country, JNP is ranked 26th among the top 100 global ports (as per Lloyd’s List Top 100 Ports 2021 Report).
The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) has 2 berths with a total length of 680m and a 15m draft which will be handed over under the PPP contract, along with a backup area of 54.74 hectares, for 30 years. As per Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, the project will improve the utilization of crane and berth productivity of the terminal. Further, the total handling of JNPCT will increase to 1.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from the present handling capacity of 1.5 million TEUs in 2020-21.
JNPCT currently handles 9000 TEUs capacity vessels. With the upgrade, its capacity will increase to 12200 TEUs capacity vessels. There are also plans to increase the RMQC rail span from 20 meters to 30.5 meters at the port. The concessionaire will upgrade, operate, maintain and transfer this terminal on a PPP basis. The total investment for the project, which will be carried out in two phases, will be Rs 872 crores.