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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF SHIPPING
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1941
ANSWERED ON:  22.09.2020
COVID-19 Impact on Cargo Traffic Handling
Achyutananda Samanta
Will the Minister of



SHIPPING be pleased to state:-


(a) the details of the cargo traffic handled at major ports in India;
(b) whether the number has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels;
(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor;
(d) the steps taken/being taken by the Government to ensure the growth of traffic for individual segments like POLs, containers and coal in the near future; and
(e) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?


ANSWER
(a) to (c) COVID 19 impact at Major Ports started from March 2020. There was a considerable decline in the total traffic, containers traffic and other than containers traffic in March, April, May, June, July and August, 2020 as compared to the corresponding months in 2019. However, the recovery has started since July 2020. The details of traffic handled at Major ports for last 9 months are annexed.

(d) to (e) Infrastructure development and capacity expansion at Major Ports is a continuous process. Port Projects such as construction of berths, installation of state-of-the-art equipment, mechanisation of cargo handling system and dredging projects to accommodate large-size vessels, etc. help in increasing the capacity of Major ports and growth of traffic including POL, containers and coal.Major ports are operating at full strength and efficiency.


Annexure

Details of traffic handled at Major ports for last 9 months:

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Period Total Traffic during month
Containers Traffic
(In 000 Tonnes) % Var. w.r.t. prev. year Tonnage
(000 Tonnes) % Var. w.r.t. prev. year TEUs
(In 000) % Var. w.r.t. prev. year
December’19 60556 5.59 12246 -1.23 833 -1.88
December’18 57352 12398 849
January’20 61344 1.79 12913 3.84 860 2.14
January’19 60268 12435 842
February’20 57233 4.58 11791 1.24 802 1.01
February’19 54729 11647 794
March’20 61120 -5.25 12006 -10.46 790 -12.51
March’19 64510 13408 903
April’20 47422 -21.08 8306 -33.79 542 -36.98
April’19 60086 12545 860
May’20 45399 -23.25 8497 -34.08 563 -35.58
May’19 59151 12890 874
June’20 49053 -14.64 9549 -22.19 640 -23.63
June’19 57466 12272 838
July’20 51454 -13.23 11464 -13.02 751 -15.24
July’19 59300 13180 886
Aug’20 51611 -10.23 11460 -8.79 762 -13.8
Aug’19 57494 12565 884

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