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To 3 Million MT, IWAI would increase cargo exports from Assam ports

<p>With a goal annual export capacity of 3 million metric tonnes over the next two years, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) intends to increase cargo exports from two important ports in Assam, notably Dhubri and Pandu, promoting economic relations with Bangladesh and other South Asian countries.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-165486″ src=”” alt=” to 3 million mt iwai would increase cargo exports from assam ports c404941f7c3f8a8″ width=”1376″ height=”917″ srcset=” 696w,×100.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1376px) 100vw, 1376px” title=”To 3 Million MT, IWAI would increase cargo exports from Assam ports 18″></p>
<p>By working with a private Operations and Management (O&M) contractor, the IWAI has created a strategic Public Private Partnership (PPP) strategy to achieve this goal.</p>
<p>The streamlined operations, increased cargo throughput, and improved efficiency of the Pandu and Dhubri ports are all expected benefits of this partnership.</p>
<p>“IWAI is committed to offering guidance and support to facilitate the successful attainment of the 3 million MT cargo export target within the initial two years,” a statement said.</p>
<p>In accordance with this plan, a private operator has been given charge of running and administering the Pandu and Dhubri terminals, which are still firmly under the control of IWAI and the Government of India.</p>
<p>According to the statement, the main goal is to increase the effectiveness of these terminals and promote the efficient movement of goods along the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) and National Waterway-2 routes.</p>
<p>This strategy approach has already produced positive results in other ports, including the Haldia terminal and the GR Jetty in Kolkata, leading to increased port performance and unleashing the region’s trade potential.</p>
<p>The Inland Waterways Authority of India’s Regional Director (Pandu), A Selvakumar, said that the ports of Pandu and Dhubri have not been subject to privatization.</p>
<p>Instead, the management and supervision of cargo operations at these ports has been delegated to a professional contractor. Following a thorough investigation and talks with key players and regional operators, this contractor was chosen via a competitive countrywide bidding procedure.</p>
<p>The PPP model is ready to bring in international best practices, opening the door for significant improvements in trade potential in the ports of Pandu and Dhubri.</p>
<p>Tariffs for loading and unloading freight have been painstakingly developed in conjunction with stakeholders. Advanced mechanical handling equipment has also been included to boost efficiency. This strategy aims to create an effective and transparent logistics system.</p>
<p>It’s important to note that the private operator may face financial penalties and that the length of their contract may be shortened if they fail to satisfy the Minimum Cumulative Riverine Cargo Volume (MCRCV) standards.</p>
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