Major ports not to charge penalty for COVID-19 linked delays

In wake of outbreak of COVID-19 and same being declared as Pandemic, the Government of India has imposed a lockdown for a period of 21 days to contain COVID-19 Pandemic in the country. Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an addendum, specifically giving exceptions to the operations of Seaports for cargo movement and inter-state movement of Goods/cargo for inland and exports to ensure regular supply of goods in the country. In accordance to the above and on receipt of representations from various stakeholders, the Ministry of Shipping on 24th March,…

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APSEZ declares Force Majeure at key facilities

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s biggest private port operator, has declared force majeure at its key facilities in Mundra, Tuna and Dhamra. This is in response to the  three-week lockdown imposed by the government to control Corona Virus. “In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Port hereby notifies the “Force Majeure Event”, wherein port will not be responsible for any claims, damages, charges, etc whatsoever arising out of and /or connected to the above Force Majeure event, either directly or indirectly, which without any limitation would include vessel…

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Mumbai Airport unveils world’s largest Export Cold Zone

On the cargo infrastructure front, country’s leading airport at Mumbai added a new feather in its cap last Friday when it unveiled a dedicated ‘Export Cold Zone’ for processing and storage of agro and pharma products. The new terminal is billed as the world’s largest airport based temperature controlled facility. The new cargo terminal has 700 tonnes of one time capacity and 5.25 lakh tonnes of cumulative annual capacity, a Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) release explained while adding that the facility will be operated by MIAL’s business partner, Cargo Service…

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NTPC to partner in developing Nokh solar park, Rajasthan

Rajasthan Solarpark Development Company (RSDCL) and NTPC have signed an agreement to jointly develop 925 MW capacity Nokh Solar Park at Nokh, Jaisalmer. The agreement was signed by Anil Gupta, Director RSDCL and Mohit Bhargav, Executive Director of NTPC in the presence of Energy Minister – Government of Rajasthan, Dr. BD Kalla, officials of energy department, stakeholders and investors in the field of renewable energy at a recently held ceremony in Jaipur. According to the agreement, RSDCL will develop infrastructure in the solar park and NTPC will develop the solar projects.…

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JNPT achieves record-per day discharge of bulk cement

Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) achieved a new milestone in cargo handling of cement by registering record high of 9185MT in a day on 08/02/2020 on vessel MV Apinya Naree, surpassing earlier record of 9008 MT achieved on 16/01/2019 on MV BOONYA NAREE. The vessel APINYA NAREE was berthed at 23:18Hrs on 06/02/2020 at Shallow Water Berth No. 03 with total quantity of 20743 MT of cement. The vessel completed its operations at 13:30 hrs on 09/02/2020 and sailed at 17:30 hrs on 09/02/2020 with a turnaround time of 2.59 days. The consignment…

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Decks cleared for one more major port in West Coast

The Union Cabinet, in its meeting last week, has given its ‘in-principle’ approval for setting up a major port at Vadhavan near Dahanu in Maharashtra. For the project which would entail an investment of over Rs 60,000 crore, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be formed. Country’s leading container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) will be the lead partner of this SPV. The SPV will develop the port infrastructure including reclamation, construction of breakwater, besides establishing connectivity to the hinterland. All the business activities would be undertaken under PPP…

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Maharastra, Uttrakhand leading in Integrated Cold Chain Projects

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has sanctioned 39 Mega Food Parks and 298 Integrated Cold Chain Projects throughout the country to fill in the gaps across the value chain and establishing the Cold Chain Grid. On cold chain front,Maharatsra and Uttrakhand have taken the lead with 64 and 24 projects respectively. Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat are other leading states which have shown agility in implementing cold chain projects under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY). The PMKSY comprises of several component schemes including Integrated Cold Chain…

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Prakriti to create EV charging Infrastructure across Delhi NCR

Prakriti E- Mobility has signed an agreement with India’s leading integrated power utility Tata Power to provide state of the art charging infrastructure to support Prakriti’s EV Taxi fleet in Delhi NCR. Prakriti E-Mobility, co-founded by Nimish Trivedi, Vikas Bansal and Rajeev Tiwari, is an app-based Electric Vehicle (EV) taxi service provider As part of the tie-up, Tata Power will be responsible for designing, procurement, installation & management of all Charging Infrastructure at select locations across Delhi NCR. These chargers alongwith the public chargers installed by Tata Power will be used by…

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New training session commences at JNPT center

Sanjay Sethi, Chairman, JNPT inaugurated the ‘New Training Sessions’ for the students of the JNPT Multi Skill Development Center, created under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra program. The launch of the new batch of Consignment Tracking Executive 3, Consignment Tracking Executive 4 and Inventory Clerk 4 will be an added benefit to the students as the logistic sector is estimated to witness an increase in total workforce from current 21 million to over 31 million by year 2022. JNPT –CIDCO- Allcargo Skill Development Center is approved by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) as a PMKK center, a state of art center for skilling under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. The center will provide…

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Targeting 40 km construction target per day, says Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Rood Transport & Highways  reviewed projects of all National Highway development, on 23 and 24 January 2020 at Manesar near Gurugram, Haryana. All senior officials of the Ministry, NHAI, State Governments, contractors, concessionaires, and consultants attended the review meeting.  Interacting with media after the meeting , the Minister informed  22 Greenfield Corridors  of length 7500 kms is being developed with a total capital cost of Rs. 3.00 lakh crore.  Work has  started on some while awarding all other projects are/ will be completed  expeditiously. These projects are…

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