CHENNAI: The East Coast road and GST road leading to Chennai will see less number of container trailers when the Puducherry Port starts operations from next month taking away from road movement of five thousand TEUs a month. Containers will be loaded in Puducherry Port after customs verification and examination and taken to Chennai Port's Container Terminals directly through a coastal carrier and loaded into the waiting vessels
Dredging work at the mouth of the Puducherry port is on in full swing by the dredgers belonging to Dredging Corporation of India for the last two months. The three meter draft alongside berth will be ready for commissioning by the end of this month. Cargo handling operation at the port is expected to start from the beginning of next month
A private operator has been identified to carry the cargo from Puducherry to Chennai Port in a coastal carrier directly for loading and vice versa.
Chennai and Puducherry Port had entered into a memorandum of understanding two months ago by which the former would assist the Union Territory Administration on marketing strategy and hinterland development for cargo.
Sources said general cargo and cement will go in a big way by way of exports. The industry in Northern Tamilnadu will be serviced by the Puducherry Port which hitherto was sending the cargo by road to Chennai Port.
The arteries leading to Chennai will be decongested and Puducherry Port authorities expect to handle 75000 TEUs a year.