JSW Infrastructure, part of the $12 billion JSW Group, has completed the acquisition of Chettinad Group’s port business, including a deep draft international coal terminal and a bulk terminal at Kamarajar Port Ltd. (KPL) and coal and bulk commodity terminal at New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) for over ₹1,000 crore. JSW Infrastructure is investing more than ₹1,000 crore to acquire as well as modernise these port assets, which have a combined cargo handling capacity of 17 million tonnes per annum. These assets also fit into JSW’s strategic direction to achieve 200 million tonnes per annum cargo handling capacity over next couple of years, it said in a statement.“The successful acquisition of these port assets consolidates our strategic presence across south, east and west coast of India. It allows us greater access to the hinterland trading hubs with promising growth potential,” said Arun Maheshwari, joint MD & CEO of JSW Infrastructure. The newly-acquired terminals will have business synergies with JSW upcoming 30 MTPA coal export terminal at Paradip Port Trust, which is scheduled to commence operations during first half of calendar year 2021, he said.“The newly acquired terminals are strategic assets for JSW Infrastructure. Their addition enables us to service higher volume of third-party customer cargo. We intend to modernise these terminals to further enhance their operational efficiency,” said Devki Nandan, senior vice president and head of M&A, JSW Infrastructure.KPL is a landlord port. Under this model, the Port authority acts as regulatory body and as landlord, while Port operations are carried out by private companies. In FY 19-20, all the terminals at KPL handled 31.75 MTPA cargo.NMPT is an all-weather, lagoon type port situated at Panambur, Mangaluru. In FY20, it handled over 39.1 million tonnes of cargo.