Works to be taken up on 50 acres of land

A truck terminal is expected to come up in Tuticorin.

According to sources, in the first phase works would be taken up on 50 acres of land.

Besides, an integrated bus stand would come up on a vacant site on Bypass Road near the roundabout on Tiruchendur road.

The truck terminal, integrated bus stand and headquarters for Armed Reserve police personnel for executing administrative works would be established on nearly 200 acres of land on this road.

“A 30-year dream of lorry owners and drivers is going to be fulfilled. Rising incidence of road accidents can be reduced once the terminal starts functioning,” K. Samuel, president, Tuticorin Lorry Owners' Association, said.

The terminal could be used not only for parking heavy vehicles, especially container lorries, but have facilities such as mechanical workshop, automobile spare shops, garage, accommodation for drivers, canteen, medical care and other basic amenities.

Since raw materials were imported and finished products exported on a large scale from and to the VOC Port here, number of heavy vehicles serving the harbour was on the rise, the truck terminal would be of service to them, he said.

However, many salt manufacturers were against these projects coming up on lands where salt production had been undertaken. Power supply to the salt pans was cut and salt godowns were removed in the presence of police on Saturday. T.P.S. Pon Kumar, a salt exporter, termed the exercise arbitrary and unjust.

With no prior notice, such evictions were made.

Forty borewell motors and 2,000 tonnes of salt had been rendered useless. HE said that 20 manufacturers and 120 workers were relying on salt production on 160 acres here.

After the 20-year lease agreement for salt production was over in February, renewal application was forwarded to the district administration and to the State government authorities through officials concerned. “Globally, Tuticorin is well known for salt manufacturing since it has all the right facilities.

With all factors conducive for salt production, it could not be shifted to another location whereas a truck terminal could be established anywhere in Tuticorin,” Mr. Kumar said.

But official sources said that the lease period expired in last September itself and there was no salt production there since then.

  • A 30-year dream of lorry owners and drivers is going to be fulfilled

  • An integrated bus stand will also come up on a vacant site on Bypass Road