Make or Mar Connectivity project for Chennai Port was abruptly stopped for
nearly five years ago by the then Chief Minister Jayalalitha. Two years have
passed since the state government gave clearance for the project and yet the
National Highway Authority of India is nibbling with it and consequently the
work may not resume before the end of the year.
25 kilometer Chennai Port-Maduravoyal Elevated Corridor to ensure swift
movement of containers from the port to the Kolkata highway was put on cold
storage by Ms Jayalalitha on technical grounds. She did not relent despite
persuasions by the centre and the project got stalled for years midway.
clearance to resume the project was given nearly two years ago and a private
firm was entrusted with the work of preparing the Revised Detailed Project Report.
The private firm has since given its report to NHAI. But NHAI engineers have
suggested some changes in the corridor when it lands near the Napier Bridge
near the Port. This is taking time. The North east monsoon will set in a month
and hence the work on resumption of the project may not take place before the
end of the year said an official of NHAI.
completion of the project is crucial to Chennai port since the private ports
like Katupalli and Krishnapatnam have knocked off container traffic on the
ground of congestion. If the Adani Terminal in Ennore Porty also starts its
business, Chennai port may face a huge problem to sustain its container
of the industry say that it looks that NHAI is taking revenge for stalling the
project. They also point that their vengeful act may end up in a disaster for
the Chennai port. Even if the work gets resumed by early 2019,it would take at
least three years to complete it. By the time private port may overtake Chennai
port in container traffic
only redeeming feature is that the Elevated Corridor project has been extended
to Ponamalee, a distance of another ten kilometers. Now it will be a thirty
kilometer corridor and once commissioned container trailers can reach the
Kolkata high way in 40 minutes from the Chennai port.
on the project commenced way back in 2009. Funds will not be a constraint for
the project since the central government has sanctioned a sum of rs three
thousand crores under the Bharat Mala project.