Sanjay Sethi, Chairman, JNPT, Unmesh Sharad Wagh, Deputy Chairman, JNPT at the MoU signing function with senior officials of MSEDCL and JNPT

Mumbai: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s premier container port has entered into Distribution Franchisee Agreement with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) on January 12, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for supply of electricity in its area. The Board of Trustees of JNPT in its meeting held on December 24, 2020 approved the proposal to enter into the Agreement. By this Agreement, JNPT becomes the first Major Port in India to sign the Distribution Franchisee Agreement in compliance with the Electricity Act, 2003 and resolve the hurdles in supply of electricity.

JNPT has five container terminals and handles over 50% of the total container cargo amongst the Major Ports of India. JNPT has allotted land to NSICT, BMCT and GTIPL on lease for a period of 30 years through Concession Agreement, and under the Concession Agreement, JNPT is responsible for providing electricity supply to the Terminals. With the support of MSEDCL officials, separate category for JNPT named as “Government/Semi-Government” was created for signing the Franchisee Agreement, which will have large load such as Ports, Defence, and MIDC, etc.

“With this agreement the process of legalizing electricity distribution once for all is resolved and will help JNPT in delivering its duties towards its stakeholders and we are thankful to MSEDCL team for all their support”, said Sanjay Sethi, Chairman, JNPT.

JNPT is the biggest container handling Port in India accounting for around 52% of the total containerised cargo volume, across the major ports of India. Currently JNPT operates five container terminals: The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT), the Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT), the Gateway Terminals India Pvt. Ltd. (GTIPL), Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal (NSIGT) and the newly commissioned Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCTPL). The Port also has a Shallow Water Berth for general cargo and another Liquid Cargo Terminal which is managed by BPCL-IOCL consortium