An Enterprise Business System (EBS) is being implemented at Five Major Ports including Paradip Port Trust (PPT).
Other Ports are Mumbai, Chennai, Deendayal, Kolkata and Haldia Port with project cost of approx.₹ 320 crores to provide a digital port ecosystem.
This system will adopt leading International Practices without losing its alignment to existing local needs.
A total of 2474 processes, PPT-274, ChPT – 671, DPT – 376, KoPT – 501, HDC – 374, MbPT – 278 were rationalized, harmonized, optimized and standardized to arrive at a final reengineered process count of 162 processes
During 2020 Ports handle around 90% of EXIM Cargo by volume and 70% by value. In order to meet the ever-increasing trade requirements, expansion of Port Capacity has been accorded the highest priority by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways through implementation of well-conceived infrastructure development projects.
The capacity of major ports which was 871.52 MTPA at the end of March 2014 has increased to 1534.91 MTPA by the end of March 2020. The Major Ports in the country have an installed capacity of 1534.91 MTPA as on March, 2020 and handled traffic of 704.92 MT during 2019-20.
A new legislation viz. Major Ports Authority (MPA) Bill, 2020 have been formulated after extensive deliberations and discussions with the stakeholders.
The MPA Bill, 2020 has been passed by the Lok Sabha and would be introduced in Rajya Sabha in next session. It will usher in a new era for administration of Major Ports in India in which the Major Ports will have much greater autonomy and contribute significantly to the economic growth and provide world-class port infrastructure by adopting Landlord Model of development
A new Captive Policy for Port Dependent Industries has been prepared to address the challenges of renewal of concession period, scope of expansion, and dynamic business environment
A large extent of Land belonging to Major Ports is under lease with Departments of Government of India and State Governments on which interest and Penal interest have been levied in cases of unpaid lease rentals.
These interests and penal interests over a period of time have increased quite substantially which is coming in the way of settlement of lease rent. In order to facilitate and expedite the recovery of these huge pending dues of Major Ports, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has issued “One Time Settlement Scheme (OTSS)” for settlement of dues with Government of India/ State Government Ministries/Departments on 13 August, 2019.
A new dispute redressal institutional mechanism in the form of SAROD-Ports has been constituted jointly by Indian Private Ports & Terminals Association (IPPTA) and Indian Ports Association (IPA)
India improved its ranking under the Trading Across Border (TAB) parameter of Ease of Doing business (EoDB) from 80 to 68 in 2020.
This impressive record has been facilitated due to various measures like Direct Port Delivery (DPD), Direct Port Entry (DPE), Introduction of RFID, Installation of scanners/container scanners, Simplification of procedures etc., taken by the major ports.
A centralized web-based Port Community System (PCS) has been operationalized across all Major Ports which enables seamless data flow between the various stakeholders through common interface.
To move towards complete paperless regime, E-DO(Electronic Delivery Order) through PCS made mandatory along with e-invoicing and e-payment.