Facilities in both inner and outer harbour to be augmented
Tuticorin: A Subbiah, Deputy Chairman of Tuticorin Port Trust, said that the Tuticorin port administration has chalked out an elaborate business plan to develop inner and outer harbour at an estimated cost of Rs.6,380 crore during the 11th Plan period.
“This augmentation of infrastructure will enable the port to handle a projected cargo traffic of 78.10 million tonnes during 2011-12 comfortably,” he said while speaking at the 83rd annual general meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Wednesday.
Of the total estimated outlay, about Rs.4,000 crore would be earmarked for the development of outer harbour.
The project includes construction of North breakwater to a length of 3,100 metres and South and East breakwaters to an aggregate length of 4,220 metres.
Two container and three multi-cargo berths with 1,500 m quay length had been planned. Capital dredging to cater post-panamax sized vessels of 14.50 m draught would be carried out. The construction work was expected to commence during next financial year.
As regards the inner harbour development, he said that Cargo Berth 9 would be established at a total cost of Rs.40 crore. Besides, North Cargo Berth-I and II would be constructed. Channel and basin inside the harbour would be deepened to facilitate berthing of 12.8 m draught vessels. The Berth 8 would be converted into a container terminal.
Mr Subbiah said that a ship building yard was planned at the port with a building dock, pre-erection yard, hull fabrication section, galvanizing unit facilities.
Office-bearers of the chamber, D.R. Kodeeswaran, T. Johnson and Pon Venkatesh, spoke.