The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT), which has been severely affected by a ban on iron ore exports from Karnataka, is exploring exports of maize and foodgrains.
“We are exploring maize and other foodgrains exports from Karnataka, but nothing to substitute export volumes of iron ore,” Mr P. Tamilvanan, Chairman, NMPT, told Business Line.
“Since Karnataka is likely to witness bumper maize output, we are touring maize growing regions, creating awareness to exporters that NMPT is the cheapest port available in the west coast,” he added. The port trust has handled maize traffic of 1.65 lakh tonnes during the current year as against 1.10 lakh tonnes handled during last year.
NMPT officials, last week, toured major maize growing regions such as Shimoga and Davangere. At Hubli, they met exporters replica rolex watches uk
of chilli, valves, and heavy machinery from Hubli-Dharwad region.
“In addition to maize and foodgrains exports, we have begun handling import of coal. Coal imports have increased substantially; in the first eight months of 2010-11, we have handled 17.63 lakh tonnes against 13.99 lakh tonnes in 2009-10,” said Mr Tamilvanan. Infrastructure to handle coal and other bulk goods have been improved at the port and also extension of railway line inside the port has facilitated faster evacuation of bulk cargo, he added. In addition to maize and mens' rolex replica
coal, NMPT is planning to increase volume of imports of coal, limestones and timber.
NMPT is also making efforts to facilitate exports of gherkins from Hassan and Hubli through the South Western Railway's inland container depot at Hassan and chillies exports from Hubli-Dharwad region. Talking about the NMPT's performance, Mr Tamilvanan said the container traffic at the port is now doing well.
Container traffic improves
During the financial year 2009-10, the container traffic registered 10 per cent growth over the previous year. In the current year up to October, the port has handled 32 per cent higher container traffic at 24,379 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) as against 18,442 TEUs handled in the same period last year. For the whole year 2009-10, about 31,456 TEUs were handled as against 28,555 TEUs during the previous year
Source: The Hindu Business Line, 23 November 2010