Following the coronavirus pandemic, ports such as the JNPT, Chennai, Cochin and Kamrajar noted a huge decline in their cargo volume.

For the records, India has 12 major ports under the control of the Centre - Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla); Mumbai, JNPT; Mormugao, New Mangalore; Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) that handled 705 million tonnes (MT) cargo in the last fiscal.

Specifically, the above ports managed to handle 47.42 MT cargo during April, a 21.08% drop in comparison to the same month of 2019.

What is more, Chennai Port reported a 38.17% fall in its cargo handling to 2.44 MT, while JNPT declined by 33.97% to 3.95 MT in April.

Concluding, Cochin port slipped 33.73% to 1.87 million tonnes, and Kamrajar Port fell 30.03% to 2.08 MT.