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VOC Port to emerge as the country’s Transshipment hub: Nitin Gadkari

The VOC Port Tuticorin situated near the land’s end in South Tamil Nadu will emerge soon as The transshipment hubs of the country and would give a tough competition to Colombo port which is currently cornering the Transshipment traffic from the East Coast Ports.

Inaugurating a series of projects in the port during his day long visit on February 26 Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said Chidambaranar Port will find a place in the league of transshipment ports of the country on completion of the deepening of the harbor basin to a depth of 16.50 meters widening of Entrance Channel and strengthening of existing berths from one to six. These are ongoing projects expected to be completed soon. He however did not spell out the time frame when these projects would be completed’. 

The Minister who also holds the Road Transport Portfolio announced that the Madurai- Tuticorin National Highway will soon be upgraded to six lanes. The highway connecting the port to the temple city Madurai, a distance of about 150 kilometers has four lanes at present. The demand for expansion came from the Tuticorin Member of Parliament and was conceded instantly by the Union Minister.

 During his day long visit to the port on Feburary 26th the Union Minister commissioned the Container Gantry Cranes at berth number eight of the Dakshin Bharat Gateway terminal at an investment of Rs 312.23 crores. He also inaugurated the Port Information Centre and the Truck Parking Terminal at an investment of Rs 23.69 crores

The V.O.Chidambaranar Port 2nd Container Terminal Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal Private Limited features 3 Rail Mounted Quay Cranes, 9 Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes etc. The container gantry cranes have now been commissioned.

The PPP operator, Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal would offer a revenue share of 55.19 per cent to the Port. The overall length of the berth is 345 metres and the maximum draft is 13 metres. The Terminal has the capacity to handle 6 lakhs TEUs per annum.

The Truck Parking Terminal in V.O.Chidambaranar Port has been constructed at an investment of Rs.23.69 crores. The Truck Parking Terminal has been established at an area of 52,609 Sq.m. It is located at the proximity of all the Container Freight Stations in Tuticorin and is just 8 Kilometres from the Port.

The project is envisaged as a ‘Ease of Doing Business Initiative by Government of India for reducing the cost and dwell time of cargo clearance in Ports. The Truck Parking Terminal will serve as a Document Processing Centre for export cargo and clearing Centre for Direct Delivery consignments with the presence of Customs officials and the Terminal Operators as a one stop solution.

The Truck Parking Terminal features parking slots for 200 vehicle at a time. The Truck Parking Terminal also provides shelter to the Truck drivers and cleaners with dormitory at nominal cost, canteen facilities etc.

The State of the Art ‘Port Information Centre’ has been established at a total cost of Rs 1.89 crores with a built up area of 445 Square meters. The Information Centre facility is to bring out the soft values of seaports and to regenerate the connection between Ports and citizens of the country. 

It houses LED panels depicting the evolution of and growth of the Port over the years. The Touch screen kiosk systems would provide in depth information on seaports, shipping, Indian ports, EXIM trade, Photo gallery and video gallery. The Port model features the miniature of Port installations in the Harbor estate. The Information centre also facilitates a theatre room with seating capacity for 80 persons to enjoy the visual display of Port activities. 

Minister of state for Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan, while addressing the gathering mentioned that VOC Port is a growing Port and has always shown promise in attaining an inclusive growth. He lauded the efforts of VOC Port for undertaking the lead in establishing the Port information centre which will bring out the esthetic, intellectual and social aspects of Port Community life.

Chairman of the Port I.Jeyakumar welcomed the gathering and Mr S. Nararajan, Deputy Chairman / VOCPT proposed the vote of thanks.


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