state owned V O Chidambaranar port has embarked upon a major programe for
development of the Inner Harbour which will treble the cargo handling capacity
in the next three years the port Chairman S Anantha Chandra Bose said while
addressing the celebrations to mark the 71st independence day.
developments in the inner harbor include construction of new berths and
upgradation of the existing ones to take the total cargo handling capacity of
the port to 182.30 million tons per annum from the present 50.21 million metric
tons by 2020-21.
facilities which the port proposes to construct in the inner harbor will match
the ones available in international ports he said. The port is also undertaking
a massive program to increase the draft both in the approach channel as well as
in the inner harbor at a cost of Rs 3462 crores. The Program will be
implemented in phases.
the capital dredging is completed the draft in the channel will go up to 16.5
meters from the existing fourteen meters so that big vessels can enter the
port. In the case of inner harbor the draft will to go to 15.20 meters from the
existing 12.80 meters.
capacity addition program implemented by the port during last financial year
was around 44.94 million tons per annum. The addition was among one of highest
achieved by the state owned ports he said.
Day has been celebrated by V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust in a grand manner at
Portís School ground.
celebrations to mark the 71st Independence Day of India commenced
with the hoisting of the national flag by Mr S. Anantha Chandra Bose, Chairman,
V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust. Thereafter,he took salute from CISF, Port Fire
NCC of Port School children and students of Maritime Training Institute.
his Independence Day message, the Chairman recalled the struggles and
sufferings of the Forefathers and Patriots who had contributed to attain
freedom for the Nation and requested all to contribute their mite to take the
nation to achieve economic development.
also extended his thanks to all the Trustees, Port Community, Union Leaders,
Stakeholders,District Administration and
for their support in the Port development activities
Chairman also distributed meritorious awards to the Officers and staff of
various Departments of the Port, School children, and CISF. The School children
performed Cultural Programs according to a press release issued by V O
Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin.