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Drop Containers at Tondiarpet, Chennai port will ship them

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 Chennai port.

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 said.


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