India is moving into the business of manufacturing cargo containers, a a segment dominated by China, as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
Last year, the Ministry of Ports, shipping and waterways formed a committee to examine the feasibility of making containers at Bhavnagar in Gujarat and developing it into a manufacturinSg hub for the steel boxes, That have become the global standard for shipping a variety of goods across ships, rail and road. At Bhavnagar, the center has set up pilot projects for its manufacturing. The initiative aimed at attaining self-reliance in container production eyes Rs. 1,000 cr. Investment from private players and looks to create one lakh jobs.
India requires about 3.5 lakh containers every year. There is no container production in India and we have to depend container production in India and we have to depend mainly on China which is a global producer. Now we want to develop Bhavnagar in Gujarat as a container hub and we have selected 10 places there for its production on a pilot basis, Ports, shipping and Waterways Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told. The pilot project has been successful, he said.