Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s top container port, has commenced the holding yard operations in 6ha land at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT’s) approach roads to further ease out congestion and streamline the traffic to the terminal.
This holding yard, which has been developed within the centralised parking plaza, will be utilised for parking Tractor Trailers (TT) awaiting the final documentation.
Commencement of the holding yard at JNPCT is already showing results and has reduced congestion by 90% at the port gate roads.
600 TTs can be accommodated in this holding area at one time. EXIM traders are largely benefitting in saving fuel, logistics cost and improved truck turnaround time as well as number of trips made by a tractor trailer in a day has also increased.
The yard operation ensures free movement at the JNPCT approach roads which will help with better planning of TT movements.
This area is developed as a pay-and-park facility for trucks. Concessional parking rates have been offered at the yard for every 8 hours stay for 20’ and 40’ containers, respectively.
TTs will be allowed to move to Terminal Gate only after receiving required clearance of all the documents or proper ticket clearing.
TTs coming directly from CFSs with all clear documents will be allowed directly to Terminal Gate and TTs, which do not have clear documents including PIN number, will be diverted to holding yard.
The undocumented factory stuffed containers which generally park on roads approaching to port area causing traffic congestion, will now be confined to the holding yard and better traffic ensures that risk of shut out of export containers are eliminated.
This follows news that JNPT had signed an agreement with the State Bank of India (SBI) and Development Bank of Singapore for External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) of US$400 million to improve the infrastructure required for double its existing capacity to 9.85 million TEU annually.