production of containers amid a global surge in demand, the Centre is looking
to develop Bhavnagar in Gujarat as a container hub and has set up pilot
projects for its manufacturing, Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
The initiative aimed
at attaining self-reliance in container production eyes Rs 1,000 crore
investment from private players and looks to create one lakh jobs.
The move assumes significance amid reports of global shortages of
The move assumes
significance amid reports of global shortages of containers with Indian
containerised trade taking a hit owing to the staggered supply and demand
shocks across geographies as per logistic majors.
India requires about 3.5 lakh containers every year
about 3.5 lakh containers every year. …There is no container production in
India and we have to depend mainly on China which is a global producer. Now we
want to develop Bhavnagar in Gujarat as a container hub and we have selected 10
places there for its production on a pilot basis,” Ports, Shipping and
Waterways Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told PTI.
The pilot project
has been successful, he said.
Mandaviya said the
Ministry of shipping during the last six months has taken several initiatives
to encourage container production at Bhavnagar with the help of re-rolling and
furnace makers who are being encouraged to diversify in the space.
“We expect private
players to invest about Rs 1,000 crore in this space. We also expect creation
of one lakh local jobs,” the minister said.
The intiative has
been taken to realise the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of
”Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, Mandaviya said.
He said existing
re-rolling and furnace industries are being encouraged to expand and take up
this as demand for containerised cargo is increasing in India and globally.
Efforts are on to make Bhavnagar the hub for container production
this opportunity and furthering Prime Minister Narendra Modi”s vision of
”Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, efforts are on to make Bhavnagar the hub for container
production,” the minister said.
Once production starts, India would not require to import container
He said one
container costs about Rs 3.5 lakh and once the production picks up, India would
not require to import it.
“We have formed a
committee to look into the finer details like standardisation, certification
etc. The committee comprises experts from Ministry of Shipping, IRS (Indian
Register of Shipping), IITs etc,” Mandaviya said.
“We had a meeting with
shipliners associations. Shipping liner associations have assured us that they
will purchase the containers providing reasonable profits…They have assured us
that they will not import it once indigenous production starts,” he said.