The tenders for the resumption of work on the Chennai Port Maduravoyal
Elevated Corridor will be floated by the National Highways Authority of India
before the end of the year said Mr P Raveendran, Chairman of the Chennai Port
NHAI considering modes of implementing
the Maduravoyal project
Talking to newspersons he said the Highways Authority of India is
currently considering the mode of implementation of the project whether it
should be build operate transfer model (BOT) or the revenue sharing model or
the hybrid method.
The authority is expected to complete the exercise within a few months
and he was confident that the tenders for the project will be called before the
end of the year.
History of the Project: Delay and Resumption
The project considered crucial for evacuation of containers from the
terminals of the Chennai Port was abandoned midway about seven years ago after
the then Chief Minister J Jayalalitha raised environmental issues way back in
The state government gave its clearance two years ago after her death.
The Detailed Project Report for resumption of the project was prepared a year
ago. The objections raised by the Navy on the landing point near the War Memorial
have also been sorted out. The Lok Sabha elections came in the way of taking
decisions on the project. The shipping industry is anxiously awaiting the
resumption of work on the crucial project.
Cargo handling in Chennai Port
Mr Ravindran said the Chennai port has handled 54 million tons of
cargo during the last financial year.
There has been pressure on the volumes handled by the port during the
first five months of the current financial year
The port has since received set back in handling of bulk cargo like
dolemite and lime stones. The extension
of maintenance period by the Chennai petroleum corporation’s refinery has also
reduced POL cargo handled by the port. There is also negative growth on the
Silver lining for the port: automobile
exports, iron and steel cargo
The silver lining for the port has been provided by fifty per cent
growth in automobile exports and one hundred per cent increase in handling of
iron and steel cargo.