The Union government had proposed the idea of establishing 12 dry ports in the country, including one in the youngest state of Telangana, in order to boost the freight movement that would promote India’s manufacturing sector, which is in consonance with India’s “Make in India” ambitions.
What are dry ports?
Dry Ports are inland ports which are directly connected to sea ports either by road or rail and have the capacity to send the consignments to various inland locations. The dry ports have various facilities like storage, supply chain management and logistics.
Some of the existing dry ports in India are at Delhi and Kanpur.
Advantages of Dry ports:
- Reduce the burden on traditional sea ports.
- Will provide greater employment opportunities outside the sea port regions.
- Boost the manufacturing capabilities as the freight movement becomes more easy and fluid.
- Freight management becomes easy as these inland ports may be used by industries as dispatching centers and help the industries in expanding their markets. This in turn will improve the competitiveness of Indian manufactured goods.
- Will also boost India’s exports and exporting capabilities.