JSW Infrastructure Limited (JSWIL), one of the nation’s leading private sector infrastructure companies, has taken multiple steps to enhance western coastal connectivity by strengthening last mile access through road and railways, mechanising the coastal berth to enhance handling capacity and by increasing draft depth to accept larger vessels at its Jaigarh Port.
The event witnessed the presence of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister – Maharashtra, Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping, Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Jaigarh Port has commissioned the new mechanised berths to serve coastal cargo for Capesize vessels and transform it to a transhipment hub. Furthermore, JSW Infrastructure is developing Jaigarh Port to handle LNG, LPG, liquid cargo and container berths for diversified and specialised cargo handling operations.
A 42-km road construction plan was inaugurated by Fadnavis, an initiative by JSW Group, to create linkage between Jaigarh Port and Nivali on NH 66 (earlier NH 17). This two-lane road was widened to a four-lane highway in 2014, and has now been further upgraded into a six-lane highway.
In conjunction with Indian Railways, JSW Group also laid the foundation stone for Jaigarh Digni railway line on the Konkan Railway network, providing additional connectivity options. On completion, this railway line will assist in improving the current connectivity situation wherein the nearest railway link is at Ratnagiri — a distance of 55 km on the Konkan Railway network.
Sajjan Jindal, Chairman, JSW Group, said, “I am delighted to state that JSW Infrastructure is showing appropriate concern in the development of the nation and that the Jaigarh Port showcases our commitment to the nation. We definitely need to create more infrastructure to meet the growing demands from our stakeholders. We have a responsibility to develop them for the coming industrial growth.”