Mumbai: CIDCO to set up a major logistics hub at JNPT port

Unplanned expansion activities of JNPT port pushes corporation to undertake project; feasibility report is awaited

Mumbai: The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is mulling setting up a logistics hub in the periphery of the port as the neighbourhood has witnessed unplanned expansion in activities that would result in massive traffic congestion in Navi Mumbai.

The newly planned hub would be set up on a 414 hectare area in the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust Influence Area (JNPTIA).

The new hub would consist of 64 container freight stations (CFS) and warehouses. At present, an economic feasibility report is being prepared by CIDCO for acquiring the land for setting up the logistics hub.

A CIDCO official said, “The 414 hectare land for the hub would be surrounding three villages of Chirle, Belondkhar and Jasai near JNPTIA. It is a tentative location and the economic feasibility report is awaited.”

The decision was taken after a study conducted by CIDCO revealed that not only Navi Mumbai, but Uran taluka and the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA) would also see huge snarls. According to CIDCO officials, the present port activities are being undertaken in an unplanned manner by stacking the empty containers into a private land that they have purchased. “The logistics hub would bring about a systematic parking yard for the containers and thereby reduce traffic congestion due to port’s expansion activities”, said a CIDCO official.

The details of study also revealed that around 251.71 square km of JNPTIA areas was affected due to port’s expansion activities. Out of that, around 94.68 square km falls in Navi Mumbai area, 72.48 square km is in Uran taluka and 84.55 square km falls under (NAINA). The logistics hub would consist of a Container Freight Station (CFS) for the drivers and resting areas for them. “There is a plan to set up 64 CFS’s with warehousing plots and 10 resting centres for the drivers”, added the CIDCO official.

Also 10 petrol pumps and parking yard for the containers would also be set up under the logistics hub.

“Steps are also being taken to provide connectivity to Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link(MTHL), Virar- Alibaug Multi Modal Corridor(MMC), State Highway (SH-54) and National Highway (NH-4B) from the logistics hub,” said a CIDCO official.

 At present, the capacity of three container terminals at JNPT is 4.49 million TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units, a measure for the containers). It has now planned to double its capacity by bringing the fourth container terminal bearing a capacity of 4.8 million TEU.

The JNPT port is set to double its capacity to 10 million TEU by 2022. “At present there is a huge economic losses incurred due to delaying of port bound vehicles by days. The logistics hub would establish entry controls and CCTV (Close Ciruit Television) network at toll plaza on the adjoining roads also,” added a CIDCO official.

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