A lack of infrastructure in the Port of Mormugoa hits the logistics industry

Logistics industry leaders and exporters have called on the Mormugao Ports Authority (MPA) to create a modern and functioning container terminal at the port to ensure smooth cargo movement. Industry stakeholders have also informed MPA Chairman N Vinod Kumar to use a land crane to move cargo containers as the current lack of a land crane is affecting import and export operations.

The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Indian Industry (GCCI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry met with Kumar, who was recently appointed full-time chairman of the stricken port.

“The delegation advocated the creation of a modern, functioning container terminal with proper handling equipment both quayside and landside and the provision of adequate spare land for a container yard,” said CII Goa Council Chairman Anirudh Agrawal.

CII has asked MPA to demolish old sheds to make room for stacking shipping containers while exploring the use of unused port space to optimize operations.

“The industry faces many difficulties due to the lack of infrastructure at the MPA. The committee has also spoken to various stakeholders to begin moving cargo from MPA for export, but most stakeholders prefer to move their cargo by road and via JNPT due to the lack of facilities available at MPA.” , said GCCI Logistics Committee Chairman Chandrakanat Gawas.

Kumar was open to the feedback and assured the industry delegations that the infrastructure gaps will be filled. However, he did not offer a schedule. Kumar said he would appoint an MPA official to join CII’s logistics committee to hold a discussion on the logistics sector and how to improve the functioning of the port.

CII has asked the port to procure a land crane to load and unload containerized cargo and asked Kumar to reserve a berth for the shipbuilding industry to build new ships.

For its part, GCCI said the Rs 250 transportation fee charged on transportation is on the higher side and should be reduced, which will not only attract more exporters and hauliers but also boost revenue for the port and the government.

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