JSW Infrastructure, a key player in the Indian port sector and part of the JSW Group, has recently announced the reception of a letter of award for the development of a state-of-the-art, all-weather, deep-water greenfield port at Keni in Karnataka. The port project, valued at Rs.4,119 crore, is set to be executed through a public-private partnership. This significant development is poised to enhance maritime infrastructure and boost trade in the North Karnataka region.
JSW Infrastructure outlined the key features of the proposed Keni Port, emphasizing its modern, environmentally friendly, mechanized facilities designed for handling cape-size vessels. The initial phase will witness a capacity of 30 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), with substantial potential for expansion in the long run. Keni Port is strategically located between Mormugao Port in the north and New Mangalore Port in the south, contributing to its significance in the region.
Strategic Location and Purpose
Keni Port is envisioned as an all-weather, greenfield, multi-cargo, direct berthing, deep-water commercial port catering to various types of cargoes. Its strategic positioning aims to serve industries in the North Karnataka region, covering Bellary, Hosapete, Hubballi, Kalaburagi and South Maharashtra. The port’s proximity to operational major ports enhances its role as a crucial trade gateway for the region.
JSW Infrastructure highlighted the planned rail connectivity for the Keni Port, situated on the southern side and linked to the existing Konkan line north of the Ankola station. The proposed railway alignment spans approximately 8 km, ensuring efficient transportation. Additionally, the port is set to benefit from well-established road and railway connectivity, facilitating seamless cargo movement.
JSW Infrastructure’s Commitment
Aurn Maheshwar, CEO and Joint MD of JSW Infrastructure, expressed the company’s commitment to developing Keni Port as an integral part of Karnataka’s maritime infrastructure and trade gateway. Once operational, the port is expected to play a pivotal role in addressing the growing import and export trade momentum in the region.