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DPR for Chennai port Maduravoyal elevated corridor in couple of months says Port Chairman Raveendran

The revised Detailed Project Report of the 30 kilometer long Chennai Port Madurvoyal Elevated Corridor to enable swift movement of containers from the Port to the Kolkata highways will be ready in a couple of months Chennai Port Chairman P Raveendran said.

In the question answer session at the CII Port Convention on Port led economic development on September 26th he said issues relating to the Navy were sorted out recently and work on the project is expected to commence in early 2019

Work on the crucial connectivity project came to a stand-still seven years ago after the Jayalalitha government applied brakes on environmental grounds. After her passing away, the state government gave no objection certificate to the project in 2017.

The National Highways Authority of India, Indian Institute of Technology Chennai and the state PWD officials finalized the new alignment which would address the concerns of the Tamil Nadu government.

The project, he said will be taken up on EPC mode. Minister of state for shipping Pon Radhakrishan is holding a meeting of officials of NHAI, Chennai port and Tamil Nadu government next week to give a push to the long pending project.

Mr Raveendran said the project will not only help the speedy evacuation of containers from the port will also help the city-Traffic. The Corridor is strategically situated at the junction of three ring roads going around the city and will be an important link road to the city.

The Portís Senior Deputy Traffic Manager B Vimal said the Logistics park will be commissioned to Jolarpet on railway land about 200 kilometers west of Chennai. Containers from Bengaluru and Coimbatore bound for Chennai port will be cleared by the customs at the Park and moved directly by railway rakes to the port ready for shipment.

The port has also made a begging in Direct Port Entry of export cargo by organizing the customs and other clearance at a yard belonging to Central Ware Housing Corporation at Tondiarpet just six kilometers a ahead of the port bang on the EMRIP road. All the customs formalities will be cleared and exports will move directly to the ship with no customs intervention at the port. About two thousand teus of exports have been handled so far under DPI during the last one month.

Chennai Port handles fifty per cent of the imports through Direct Port Delivery and the quantum is expected to touch eight per cent by the end of the calendar year. Two container scanners have been commissioned within the port apart from electronic weigh bridge

Once the dredging of Puducherry is completed and the port has four meters draft, Container cargo meant for the Union territory and central Tamil Nadu will move direct from the Chennai port to Puducherry port where the customs and other formalities will be completed. This long delayed project is likely to be commissioned by March next year.


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