CHENNAI: The Visakhapatnam Chennai Industrial Corridor for the exclusive use of Andhra Pradesh will be extended to Tuticorin through Puducherry and an assurance to this effect was given by Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanswamy said here.
Delivering the valedictory address of South India Port Conclave 2017 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries he said railways will also lay new line from Chennai to Tuticorin along the East Coast through Puducherry and Cuddalore. Work on laying the new railway line will commence soon he said.
Dredging is in full swing at the Puducherry Port and the satellite port will be commissioned during the first week of August by the Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. The Puducherry Port will handle five lakh tonnes of cargo during the first year and this will be stepped up to ten lakh tonnes in the coming years.
Chairman of Chennai Port P Raveendran said the ports in Southern India comprising Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are currently having a capacity to handle five hundred million tonnes of cargo. In the next few years the capacity is expected to go up to one thousand million tonnes. The Puducherry Port when commissioned in two months will target cargo from Tiruchi based Bharat Heavy electricals.