Tiruchirapalli

Marg Karaikal Port to adopt mechanised coal handling

Marg Karaikal Port has proposed to shift to mechanized coal handling by the third quarter of the next financial year, in a bid to cut down coal dust. The Phase II mechanisation works are underway to wean out multiple handling of coal.

The mechanisation envisages direct unloading through a ship unloader and conveyed through a conveyor into an automatic stacker-cum-re-claimer. The process entails an auto-unloading system in wagons and trucks. This envisages thinning down of coal dust by weaning out multiple handling through tippers. “The system is slated to be introduced by October.” In a chat with The Hindu on the environmental concerns triggered by the Port operations in its neighbourhood, M.L.N.Acharyulu, Executive Director, Karaikal Port said that this was one of the ‘environment-friendly' interventions taken up by the Port.

The Marg Karaikal Port is set to expand its operations towards ‘clear cargo' with its proposed venturing into container cargo shortly with the commencement of next fiscal. Container cargo would be one of the Port's expansion plans in the area of cargo handling from April.

Container cargo would increase the discharge rate, where the berthing time of the ships would come down, yielding a high ‘turnover rate.' “Out tank forms are under construction, and once established, we will be handling crude oil for CPCL, and also edible oil.”

Currently, the Marg Port is into coal, fertilizers, sugar and project cargo and over dimension cargo primarily from BHEL. The Port is also engaged in agro-products including copra cakes, biomass project (fruit bunch). With the initiation of container cargo and liquid cargo including edible oils, the Port is expected to widen its cargo handling competency.

On the contentions of pollution by stocked coal, “We already have DSS (dust suppression screens) in place. And, work is on to raise their heights to 15 meters, higher than the coal mounds in order to contain coal dust.” “A three-tier green belt is being established by the Port, with works towards planting 40,000 casuarinas.” Gypsum is already loaded in a covered warehouse here, the ED said.

Mr.Acharyulu said that the Port was responsive towards complaints, and efforts were on to imbibe “best environmental protection practices in the world.”

“We strongly believe that infrastructure projects cannot sustain without inclusive growth. We intend to expand out CSR activities to the people of Nagore, taking all stakeholders into confidence. ”

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