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Government Implementing Rs 320 cr project for 5 Ports to Enable Digital Ecosystem

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Government implementing Rs 320-crore project for 5 ports

In accordance with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the government is implementing a Rs 320-crore Enterprise Business System (EBS) at five major ports of Mumbai, Chennai, Deendayal, Paradip, Kolkata (including Haldia) to provide a digital port ecosystem.

  • Also, a centralised web-based port community system (PCS) has been operationalised across all major ports to enable seamless data flow between various stakeholders through common interface.
  • A total of 2,474 processes were rationalised, harmonised, optimised and standardised to arrive at a final re-engineered process count of 162 processes.

    Key Points:

–E-DO (electronic delivery order) through PCS has been made mandatory along with e-invoicing and e-payment, in order to follow a paperless regime.

–India’s 12 major ports have an installed capacity of 1,534.91 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) as of March 2020 and handled a traffic of 704.92 MT during 2019-20.

–The 12 major ports are Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), VO Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia).

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i.The President of India has gave his assent for renaming Shipping Ministry as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways by exercising of the powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 77 of the Constitution and by amending the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.

ii.Central Government is making efforts to ensure 21,000 -km ‘jal marg’ (waterways) are used for the country’s development. For this, work is underway on more than 500 projects under ‘Sagarmala’.

About Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways:

Minister of State (MoS)– Mansukh Mandaviya
Secretary– Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan