MUMBAI 15-12-2014: Indias largest port Nhava Sheva which is also the hub of Export Import trade, is facing the perennial problem of congestion which is affecting the business value chain around the port, according to a report. Consistent jams of vehicles, deteriorated state of main-roads, expansion of illegal structures on the pavements, road dividers around the CFSs and interference of unions, is severly hampering the trade and the industry. These challenges are leading to the inability of operations by the CFSs to meet the daily cut off timings, to board containers with a maximum possible volume permitted cargo loads cleared by the Custom Officials. This is leading to the excessive demurrage by the Ports.
The reasons for causing consistent congestion are: The lack of better roads to enhance the operability of large number of vehicles laden with containers for Export Import functions by the CFSs and Port Stations. The role played by CFSs is very important in trade as it helps to de-congest ports and keeps the value chain seamlessly moving within the economy. Thus we urgently need proper roads connecting the ports and roads leaving from the ports. At presently majority of the connecting roads are damaged and are filled with large craters, mud upheavals, loose soil, boulders and large stones. This is causing near miss accidents and increases the probability to topple high value trucks, trailers, machines laden with containers.
This condition of roads is causing massive traffic daily, resulting in almost crawling movement of container trucks. Thus causing massive delay in the laid down cut off time of loading. This problem is compounded by slow down of operations inside terminals due to labour issues, old vintage equipments which are causing several delays in operations. The area has also seen mushrooming of large number of illegal structures, huts, makeshift tea stalls, in and around the port and CFS areas. This situation is quite contrast to the priorities of our country, which is to make India the hub of international trade. Ports are the lifeline in making this a success and the current situation is a big hurdle not only for the economy but also for the Export Import trade of India.