The Fourth Container Terminal (FCT) project made by Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) had a smooth on time sail. The project cost Rs. 7,935-crores. Phase I of the Project has been done as planned. Phase II of the project is scheduled in 2021.
The project which is the largest sea port infrastructure project, involves the government and foreign investors. The first phase of the project is being built with help of the partnership of an arm of PSA International of Singapore. It has a kilometre-long jetty into the sea. The ongoing second phase will extend the jetty by another kilometer which will allow larger vessels in international waters to also dock at the port. On completion of the project, this will be the largest container terminal in India.
JNPT feels that with the Mumbai – Delhi dedicated freight corridor in 2019 being commissioned, the volume of the import – export trade will double up and the terminal will be sufficiently equipped to handle more volumes.
JNPT currently handle 5 million twenty feet container equivalent unit (TEU) annually and the BMCT will handle almost double in phase 1 and the rest of the 2 million in phase II.