The youngest, third major port in Tamil Nadu at Ennore has been renamed Kamarajar Port Ltd.
The decision, which came a few days ago in the form of Union Cabinet approval, was formalised with Union Shipping Minister unveiling a plaque at a function organised by the port in the city on Wednesday.
With this Tamil Nadu has an airport and seaport named after Kamarajar.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vasan said the ruling UPA government was carrying forward various schemes conceived by the legendary Congress leader and former chief minister Kamarajar. These include the significant allocations for employment, education and mid-day meal scheme.
The port, hitherto known as Ennore Port Ltd, is in the forefront of such facilities in the country and has the potential to become the first in terms of cargo handling. It has six cargo handling berths with a total capacity of 30 million tonne per annum.
The port is expected to handle 24 million tonnes of cargo this fiscal, which would be around 34 per cent growth compared to 17.89 million tonne handled in 2012-13, he said.
As part of the expansion plans, Kamarajar Port Ltd intends developing many projects including an 5 MTPA LNG terminal, a 16.8 MTPA container terminal, 2 MTPA multi cargo terminal-2 and 9 MTPA additional coal berth-3 for TANGEDCO.