The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has now been granted permission by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority to construct a new container terminal and two offshore berths. The project is carried out without reclamation of space that has any adverse effect on the ecology and the civilization.
The Mumbai port is one of the oldest ports in India, which is slowly losing container handling capacity for few years as it goes to Jawaharlal Nehru Port, built by the Central Government of India in the year 1989. The JNPT was built to bifurcate the cargo load of MbPT as a satellite port.
JNPT successfully attained its position in the top-30 ports during the year 2018 by crossing the 5m TEU throughput mark. During the financial year 2020-21, Mumbai has struggled to reach a 20,000 TEU. It had a container throughput of 18,796 TEU.
The expansion has already crowded JNPT and can be further complicated, and since the port has lost its status to Mundra port, MbPT now has a broad scope to expand container throughput at the port. MbPT is trying to regain its container handling capacity by building box terminals, and the construction will fill the basins of Victoria and Princess docks.
The MbPT chairman Rajiv Jalota quoted,
“This is an extension of an earlier project, which works on the public-private partnership model. Since the Shipping Ministry wanted larger container ships to come directly to Mumbai, we constructed a terminal inside the sea and connected it with a road on stilts.”
He further added that they have finished constructing two berths and will now approach the trestle, dredge the berth pocket and fill the Victoria and Princess docks.
The port is procuring cargo equipment and developing the container yard, and formulate capital dredging in the natural Harbor basin.