The crisis in the mining sector in Goa and Karnataka affected cargo traffic at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) and hence the port plans to diversify its cargo handling.
In this regard, the port is said to have taken steps to change its profile from a mono-commodity port to a multi-commodity port.
Recently, the port officials met Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry and various other industries like Hindalco, Renuka Sugar and also the officials of the foundry cluster.
The meeting, which was attended by Biplav Kumar, Deputy Chairman and other senior officials of the port, is intended to bring the attention of the industry to the various facilities and services available at the MPT. During the meeting, the port officials requested them to make it their port of call.
Some industry officials have reportedly expressed a hurdle hindering them from trying out the MPT-the bad condition of the NH 4 highway connecting Belgaum to Goa.
They said that if this highway is repaired, they would be happy to ship their cargo through the port. The interaction with the trade was on a one-on-one basis with a view to understand needs and difficulties.