Tuticorin port trust to increase capacity in 2 years

The Tuticorin Port Trust will increase its capacity in two years by adding additional 22 million tonnes, a top official said.

Tuticorin: The Tuticorin Port Trust will increase its capacity in two years by adding additional 22 million tonnes, a top official said.

The capacity of the port was 22.81 million tonnes by March 2009 and with the ongoing works already awarded, which would be completed by March 2012, the port will hike its capacity further, GJ Rao, chairman, TPT, said in a release here.

The projects, which are under execution are North Cargo Berth-I, North Cargo Berth-II and Dredging of the Port from 10.7m. Draught to 12.8 m.
Construction of Shallow Water Jetty,Mechanisation of Cargo Berths, Conversion of 8th Berth into Container Terminal which are being taken up on PPP Mode and the concession agreements likely to be signed before March 31, 2011, will give additional capacity of further 12 million tonnes.

The Port is also in the process of issuing tenders for North Cargo Berth-III and North Cargo Berth-IV which will be added to the capacity for further 14 million tonnes. Thereafter, the Outer Harbour will be taken up which will give an additional capacity of another 40 million tonnes. That means, by 2020, the Port will have the capacity of 100 million tonnes, he said.
On security, he said CCTV cameras have been installed and CISF personnel with sniffer dogs deployed.

`VTMS` is likely to be installed shortly.

The Port is also going in for `ERP` Solution to have completely paperless, he said, adding, Pollution Control measures are also being taken up and Tyre-I facilities are already in place for control in the pollution.

PTI

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