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1.Committee to be formed for the development of 150 minor ports in India

In order to form a national grid connecting all ports, the government has decided to form a committee that will assess the development potential of around 150 non-major ports in the country and will subsequently link them with major ports. This interlinking will aid India’s growth in terms of its export- import (EXIM) cargo.


2.Cabinet approves amendments for PPP projects at Major Ports to usher in more private participation: ICRA

The Union Cabinet has approved certain amendments to the existing Model Concession Agreement (MCA) for PPP projects at the Major Ports, which will address some of the thorny issues faced by the existing PPP port projects and attract more private investments to achieve capacity targets set under the Sagarmala programme.


3.Non-major ports to lead sustainable growth

East-based non-major ports have emerged as a better choice for sustainable growth compared to major ports on account of strategic location, modernisation, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and better infrastructure through optimisation of network and logistics.


4.Bulk cargo buoying up major ports

The monthly cargo traffic at major ports has risen steadily from a low of 46.85 mn tonne in September 2015 to 52.22 mn tonne in January 2016, nudging up to the record 53.72 mn tonne moved in March 2015.


5.Smooth Seas Ahead?

India´s port infrastructure - a critical resource for the country´s prosperity - has so far failed to reach its potential. Will the new government´s policies bring a turnaround? RAMESH K VAIDYANATHAN and ARVIND RAVINDRANATH take a closer look.


6.Auto exports from major ports decline

Exports of cars from Indian major ports and particularly from Chennai and Kamarajar ports in Tamil Nadu declined during the April-September period, mirroring the negative growth reported by the manufacturing sector in the first six months of the financial year.


7.Major ports handle 606.37 mn tonne cargo in FY16

Total cargo handled by major ports increased by 4.3 per cent to 606.37 mn tonne last fiscal as against 581.34 mn tonne in 2014-15.


8.Tenders for three ports to come by March

The government will float tenders for three new major ports in Maharashtra, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu


9.New land policy at 12 major ports

To boost economic growth, the government will soon initiate a policy for awarding land to port-based industries at 12 major ports


10.Govt takes up port modernisation

The Union government has taken up modernisation and expansion of 43 ports at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore to add about 220 mn tonne capacity to these projects. The current capacity of all major ports was 744.91 mtpa as on March 31, 2013. Due to the ban on iron-ore mining and global slowdown, India's traffic last year at its major ports declined.