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Congestion in Chennai Port's Container terminals thing of the past A Japanese study says

Congestion in container terminals in Chennai port situated in the down town which had peaked in 2014 has come down drastically following the various steps taken by the Chennai Port Administration according to a study conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Announcing this during the course of his independence day speech Chennai Port Chairman P Raveendran said the JICA study published last month said the time taken for container laden trailers to reach Port Gate number One from various Container freight stations has come down to 20 hours in March this year compared to 40 hours during 2014. There are over thirty container freight stations situated in a radius of 30 kilometers from the Chennai Port.

(JICAs group has been working in the Chennai port for the last two years to study the congestion problem and has come out with recommendations to tackle them. Most of the recommendations of the Japanese group have been implemented by the Port administration.)

He said the six-lane Expressway (EMRIP) from Chennai to Ennore port will be fully functional shortly, once the Tamil Nadu government sorts out the problem of encroachment in the fishing harbor. The state government has helped to relocate the residents of NTO Kuppam, after a long struggle. Residents of the Kuppam had encroached the Expressway near the entrance of the Port.

There will be free flow of container traffic in North Chennai when the EMRIP project is fully commissioned. The state government had given its consent for the construction of Elevated Expressway from the Port to Maduravoyal on a 20 kilometer stretch. The National Highway Authority of India which suspended the work on the project in 2011 is expected to resume work shortly.

On the steps taken to tackle congestion inside the port, Mr Raveendran said a two kilometer road has been laid inside the Port for the exclusive use of empty trailers moving out of Chennai Container Terminal.

Another road has been laid along the Eastern Sea Shore to segregate the container traffic moving to the two Container Terminals upon arrival at the port.

A New Eastern Gate has been opened for PSA Container terminal for movement of empty trailers along the Coastal road. Laning and widening of roads inside the port have been taken up.. A separate lane has been provided for tanker lorries from railway gate number four to Gate number two.

A Coastal Road to East of Container terminal II, costing Rs 64 Crores has been completed recently. An eight meter wide and 1.53 kilometer long coastal road provides access to the Outer arm, revetments and the upcoming Coastal Berth.

The road also provides the additional access to the second container terminal and lessens congestion on the other arterial roads inside the port. The road was completed in November last year.

Two EXIM Godowns, with a total covered area of 9000 square meters and state of the art facilities have been constructed near the Marshalling yard at a cost of Rs 14 Crores. They were commissioned early this year.

The existing Cruise Terminal has been upgraded and spruced up at West Quay at a cost of Rs 17 Crores last month. Chennai is the lone port in the East coast chosen by the Shipping Ministry to receive Cruise ships. Cochin, Mormugoa and Mumbai are other ports in the West Coast developed for Cruise Tourism.

The development of Common Railway Yard and installation of 400 KW Solar Power plant on roof top of port buildings are in progress. Other projects under construction include development of paved storage yards for handling export cargoes and construction of Coastal Berth.

Chennai port has created a record in handling of various cargoes like lime stones, gypsum, steel slabs, bitumen, clay, Orthoxylene surpassing the previous year’s figures. Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) handled highest number of railway rakes from the port during July this year

The port has been accredited with Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status by Directorate General of Performance Management, Central Board of Excise and Customs. New Delhi. The status enables the Port to transact business with stakeholders smoothly across the globe.

Amidst severe competition from the ports in the vicinity Chennai port has handled a total volume of cargo of 50.21 million tons during the last financial year. The port has earned a total income of Rs 952.15 Crores during 2016-17. The Operating Surplus of the port for the year was Rs 217.20 Crores as against Rs 190.59 Crores during the previous year.

The port will soon operate a feeder service of Containers to Puducherry port, situated 100 kilometers to the South. Once the service commences, it will be yet another decongestion measure, as Containers will move directly from Chennai to Puducherry port, without congesting the approach roads to Chennai.


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