In a momentous event, Mundra Port in Gujarat, India, marked 25 years of successful operations. This major milestone was celebrated by Gautam Adani, the chairman of the company and a prominent billionaire. Adani emphasized that a nation’s logistics strength doesn’t just rely on its ships and cargo; it’s also deeply rooted in its ability to dream and aspire.
Mundra Port stands as one of the largest ports globally, boasting a remarkable capacity of over 260 million tonnes. In the fiscal year 2022-23 alone, it handled a staggering 155 million tonnes of cargo, accounting for nearly 11 percent of India’s maritime shipments.
A significant portion of India’s container traffic, about 33 percent, passes through Mundra Port, contributing immensely to the state and national revenue. Since its inception, the port has injected over Rs 2.25 lakh crore into the economy.
The port’s journey began on October 7, 1998, with the berthing of its first ship, MT Alpha. Since then, Mundra Port has consistently demonstrated vision, ambition, and flawless execution, making it a leading technologically advanced port on the global stage.
Mundra Port has evolved into a vital trade gateway, playing a pivotal role in driving trade and bolstering economic growth. It serves as the gateway for India’s import and export container traffic, with a dedicated freight corridor allowing efficient transportation from the northern hinterland to Mundra, utilizing double-stack containers.
Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group, expressed his sentiments on this occasion, stating that Mundra Port signifies more than just a harbor; it symbolizes a realm of endless possibilities for the entire Adani Group. He highlighted the port’s role as a beacon representing India’s progress, echoing confidence among stakeholders who believed in this journey.
Adani emphasized that the success of Mundra Port is not just about ships and cargo but also about nurturing dreams and uniting those who support its cause. He praised the collaborative efforts of employees and partners, shaping Mundra Port into a global symbol of excellence and transformation.
Karan Adani, CEO of Adani Port and Special Economic Zone, acknowledged the phenomenal transformation witnessed at Mundra within just 25 years. From a barren land, it has evolved into India’s premier EXIM gateway and a significant global hub for trade and commerce. He expressed confidence that this journey has only just begun, foreseeing Mundra Port as a catalyst for India’s continuous growth.
Spanning over 35,000 acres, Mundra Port is the largest commercial port in India. Its facilities include the largest terminals for coal, natural gas, and automobiles. With deep draft and all-weather capabilities, the port ensures efficient cargo handling and minimal turnaround time.
Moreover, Mundra Port has been at the forefront of eco-friendly initiatives, undertaking activities such as mangrove afforestation and conservation. The port has planted a staggering 17.5 million trees across approximately 6,000 hectares and plans to plant an additional 4 million trees by 2030, further exemplifying its commitment to sustainable practices and environmental conservation.