Very soon the EXIM Trade can drop and pick up containers from Tondiarpet
without having to navigate through congested lanes and by lanes of North
Chennai to enter the Port. The port authorities will move them by rail, a
distance of about 15 kilometers through dedicated rakes from Tondiarpet
directly to the Container terminals in the harbour.
The new concept of Extended Gate Facility, first of its kind to be tried
out by a Port, is awaiting the nod from the Customs Authorities. After the
Customs issue the notification, the facility is expected to be commissioned by
early next month, as yet another offer from the Port to the trade to beat the
congestion, Port Chairman P Raveendran told Sagar Sandesh.
The Port has entered into an arrangement with CONCOR for movement of
containers from Tondiarpet to the port. An area adjacent to the CONCOR railway
siding facility in Tondiarpet is being earmarked for storage of containers. The
facility can store up to three thousand TEUs at any given time. The facility
can be used both by EXIM trade as well as by Container Freight Stations.
The Satellite Port project at Puducherry is also expected to take off
shortly as the dredging in the entrance channel of Puducherry port, situated
about 150 kilometers south of Chennai, is likely to be completed within a week.
Chennai Port is coordinating the dredging operations by deputing a Senior
Official to Puducherry.
The shuttle vessel Chowgule 8 which will operate between Chennai and
Puducherry ports is ready for the operation and is berthed in the Port's boat
basin. Containers emanating from industries in Central Tamil Nadu, mostly
cement, iron and steel industries will be loaded in Puducherry port with
customs clearances. The vessel will discharge the containers directly to the
container vessels berthed in Chennai port.
The Southern Arterial road leading to Chennai will be decongested to a
large extent as container trailers will be off the roads on the satellite port
is commissioned. When the port becomes fully operational, its turnover is
expected to be around six lakh teus a year.
Another major container handling system is all set to come up at
Jolarpettai about 200 kilometers West of Chennai with the Southern railway
giving in principle approval for the facility by parting with about one hundred
acres of land adjacent to the railway yard at Jolarpettai. The Sagar Mala
development corporation is undertaking the techno economic feasibility study.
Jolarpettai is strategically situated midway between Bengaluru and
Coimbatore hinterland and the Chennai port. Chennai port has plans to put up a
facility there from where the loaded container wagons can proceed direct to the
The four- lane Chennai Ennore Port Expressway has become fully operatinal
with all the encrochaments having been removed by the authorities. The balance
work in this project is only the laying of road in a 300 meter stretch from
where the encroachments have been removed recently.
Resumption of work will get started on the Chennai Port Maduravoyal
Elevated Corridor is in about six months as the revised detailed project report
is under final stages of Approval. Shipping Ministry is closely monitoring the
progress with the National Highway Authority of India which is preparing the
DPR. The 20 kilometer Elevated Corridor from the port is likely to be
commissioned by 2020.
In order to improve the movement of vehicles within the port, the Port
Administration has taken up paving of roads at a cost of Rs 50 crores, Widening
of roads are also taken up at a cost of rs four crores.
MR Raveendran said the Port has also commissioned an on line continous
ambient Air quality Monitoring System in an effort to improve the air quality
within the port.The intention is to make Chennai port green and clean port he