Cargo traffic handled by major ports rises by 3.2 percent

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) The central government on Thursday informed that cargo traffic handled at India’s twelve major ports increased by 3.2 percent during April-December 2015.

According to Ministry of Shipping, cargo traffic at India’s 12 major ports stood at 447.05 million tonnes during the period under review from 433.5 million tonnes handled during April-December 2014.

The data furnished by the ministry showed that during the first nine months of the current fiscal, Murmugao port recorded the highest growth in traffic at 35.3 percent.

However, New Mangalore Port recorded the highest negative growth of 6.7 percent.

The data disclosed that amongst the major ports, Kandla handled the maximum cargo of 73.87 million tones during the first three quarters of 2015-16.

In terms of commodity-wise cargo traffic, coal posted the highest growth of 9.4 percent during the first three quarters of 2015-16.

In contrast, the traffic in iron ore showed negative growth of 37.9 percent during the same period.

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