Friday, November 29, 2013

An end to traffic jam of container-laden trailers

Mr B.B. Pattanaik, Managing Director, Central Warehousing. Corporation (CWC) (second from right) exchanging Memorandum of Agreement with Mr Atulya Misra, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust, in the presence of Union Shipping Minister Mr G K Vasan on Nov 29 in Chennai
Pic courtesy: Mr  T Shankaran

With a view to easing congestion of container-laden trailers along Ennore Expressway and Madhavaram to the port, Chennai Port Trust on Nov. 29 inaugurated its parking yard-cum-seal verification centre at Thiruvottiyur.
In the presence of Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) Managing Director B. B. Patnaik, Union Minister of Shipping G. K. Vasan inaugurated the operations of the Thiruvottiyur parking yard by flagging off the first container-laden trailer to the yard.
Chennai Port has developed in the first phase the parking facility for around 250 trailers investing about Rs. 6 crores in an area of 17,500 sq metres.
On full functioning, all the Chennai Port-bound container-laden lorries shall first come to the parking yard and after verification of all the documents shall proceed to the port and there would not be any waiting of container lorries in the Ennore Expressway.
“The project has been envisaged primarily to reduce traffic congestion created by container trailers in North Chennai and I want to reiterate that it was not for profit making,” the Minister told reporters after witnessing the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between Chennai Port and CWC here.
“Though the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC), which has in-principle cleared the proposal a few months ago, Chennai Port has applied to the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, for approval through Chennai Customs for which the approval is expected shortly,” Mr. Vasan added.
On a question about the progress of EMRIP, he replied: “Despite glitches in a few stretches, work by and large is progressing well and if all the works are completed accordingly, the road would be inaugurated for commercial traffic by January 2014.”
Elaborating further about the advantages of the parking yard, Mr. Atulya Misra, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust, stated: “Besides seal verification and parking facility, we are planning to open a 24X7 pass issuing section inside the yard, so that it could reduce the waiting time for trailers as well as agents who throng at the main pass section near the port premises.”

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