Development of Tuticorin went hand in hand with the growth of Tuticorin Port Trust (TPT), said Minister for Social Welfare P. Geetha Jeevan. Tuticorin port was heading towards major development with expansion of the outer harbour, she said.
After presenting awards to ‘best traffic performers' at the 36th Foundation day celebration of Tuticorin Port Trust on Friday evening, she said that the credit should go to port employees and port users for achieving the feat. Though the Tuticorin port assumed significance as the 10th tenth largest in India, it emerged ahead of other ports in terms of handling cargo. Despite global recession,
India maintained its stable economic growth rate to tide over the worst financial crisis.
Dredging process would be taken up at 12.8 meter draft against the existing 10.7 draft at an estimated coast of Rs. 538 crore.
The works were expected to be completed by next year, she added.
Presiding over the programme, Chairman of TPT, G.J. Rao, said that the port was able to handle one million cargo at the time of its inception in 1974-75 but the capacity had increased to the tune of 23 million tonnes.
All measures were being taken to contain pollution on the premises. The port was well equipped with installation of wind barrier to save the atmosphere from air pollution, he added. Ports were being established by the private sector and TPT employees must be prepared to face challenges.
With public-private partnership mode, more infrastructural developments, the need of the hour to compete with other ports, were possible, he said.
A. Subbiah, Deputy Chairman, TPT, who spoke earlier, said the inner harbour was bring deepened. The best traffic performance awards in 2009-10, went to 29 port users. Besides, mementos were given to 27 senior port employees. P. Muthu, Traffic Manager spoke. Port Trust trusttees, members of TPT Cargo Handling Labour Pool Union, representatives of Tuticorin Shipping agents, Customs House agents and Stevedores agent association also spoke.