Kamarajar Port proposes to diversify cargo handling operations from next year—a move that will contribute to a quantum leap in its performance and competitiveness, the KPL Chairman and Managing Director, Mr M. A. Bhaskarachar, said.
According to the Chairman, KPL is also planning to set up a 100-acre Free Trade and Warehousing Zone (FTWZ), for which a master plan is currently being prepared.
Further, construction of the 1.4-million TEU container terminal is making good progress, while preliminary work on the multi-cargo terminal by a private concessionaire is also progressing fast.
“The first phase of the Rs 1,270-crore container terminal by Adani Ennore Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd will commence operations in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the scheduled date of January 2017,” he said. This involves building of a 400-m quay with an 8-lakh TEU capacity, followed by development of an additional 330 m quay length, which would add 6 lakh TEUs capacity.
Chettinad International Bulk Terminal Pvt. Ltd will be setting up the multi-cargo terminal having a capacity of 2 million tonnes per annum and 270 m quay. Construction works will commence in July, and would be completed in 24 months.
Located at Ennore to the north of Chennai, Kamarajar Port primarily handles coal import and car export at present.
The Port handled 30 mt of cargo in FY15 compared to 27 mt in the previous fiscal.
The targeted cargo handling for the next year is 32 million tonnes. During this period, works would be awarded for the construction of a fourth coal berth, third phase of capital dredging, captive bulk terminal and the marine liquid terminal.
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