Tenders for Port-Maduravoyal elevated corridor to be floated this month

The corridor will have two tiers; the lower tier with 13 ramps to be for local traffic

Published - April 01, 2022 08:51 pm IST - CHENNAI

Chennai Port Authority chairman Sunil Paliwal addressing the media on Friday.

Chennai Port Authority chairman Sunil Paliwal addressing the media on Friday. | Photo Credit: K.V. Srinivasan

Tenders for the construction of the Chennai Port-Maduravoyal elevated corridor, estimated to cost about ₹5,800 crore, will be floated by the end of this month.

Chennai Port Authority chairman Sunil Paliwal said the contract might be awarded by the end of September and the plan was to finish the project in 30 months. “The Chennai Port, the State government and the Centre are jointly implementing the project,” he said.

“The design has been completed. There will be two tiers, and of this, the lower one will be used for local traffic which will have 13 ramps and the one above will connect the Chennai Port with Maduravoyal,” he said.

A few existing pillars would demolished during the course of construction of the project. Also, the Chennai Port plans to consult IIT Madras on managing the movement of vehicles and to develop a road network on the port premises.

He said that one firm had expressed interest in the operation of ferry services between Chennai and Puducherry. The proposal would be scrutinised to see if the requirements were fulfilled before taking it forward, he said.

Record surplus

In the year 2021-22, the Chennai Port and the Kamarajar Port handled 87.3 million tonnes of cargo traffic. While the former got 48.56 million tonnes, the latter contributed to 38.74 million tonnes. They together witnessed a growth of 25.8%. For 2021-22, the Chennai Port had 64% of container cargo, 27% of liquid bulk, 5% of dry bulk cargo and 4% of break bulk cargo, according to a press release.

As far as the container cargo was concerned, the Chennai Port and the Kamarajar Port have together had a growth rate of 31.2% and have exported 3.06 lakh units of automobiles, recording an increase of 36.7% when compared to the previous year.

Mr. Paliwal said there was net surplus (before tax) of ₹111.37 crore for Chennai Port, the highest in 11 years, while Kamarajar Port had a net surplus (before tax) of ₹531.95 crore.

Under the Centre’s Sagaramala programme that was launched to promote port-led development and bring down the logistics cost in domestic and EXIM cargo in seven years, the Chennai Port had added eight projects and increased the capacity by 4.4 million tonnes per annum and the Kamarajar Port had finished 10 projects, gaining capacity addition of 40.4 million tonnes a year.

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