India is targeting to increase port capacity in the range of over 33000 MTPA by the end of 2025. In a reply in Lok Sabha recently, Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya informed that capacity augmentation is driven by an analysis of nation-wide end-to-end logistics flows of all key commodities (85% of all commodities). The government had earlier announced a National Perspective Plan (NPP) for the Sagarmala Programme in April 2016.
Master Planning of 12 Major Ports has been carried out and 95 capacity expansion and port modernizations projects have been identified. Major ports capacity has been re-rated with respect to global benchmarks as per berthing policy 2016 and effective capacity has increased by 293 MTPA after re-rating. Global benchmarks have been adopted to improve the efficiency and productivity for major ports and 116 initiatives have been identified to unlock 100 MTPA of capacity at major ports, he further informed.