V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust is set to develop its rail infrastructure.
With Hare Island identified as the site for creating a cargo storage facility exclusively for berths (North Cargo Berths II, III and IV), efforts have been stepped up to develop rail connectivity from the existing marshalling yard to Hare Island at an estimated cost of Rs.70 crore, according to S. Natarajan, Chairman of the Port.
The project would involve laying tracks, signals, telecommunications and electrification. Work is expected to commence from November and will be completed by May 2015.
“Currently, around 70 per cent of cargo handled by the port is imported and evacuation is carried out mostly by road. The cargo moved by rail included industrial coal, pet coke, lime stone, MoP, urea and other containerised goods. But the total cargo movement by rail is only 3.5 per cent resulting in heavy congestion in evacuation by road. Hence, there is a necessity to augment railway infrastructure,” Mr. Natarajan said.
He added that a railway track from the Port marshalling yard to the VOC wharf would be modernised at an estimated cost of Rs.16.73 crore.
Work was expected to commence from September and the project would be completed by May 2014.
In addition, a 11.30-kilometre track between Milavittan and the Port marshalling yard will be strengthened at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.34 crore.