CHENNAI: The 19 kilometre long elevated corridor project from Chennai Port to Madurvoyal is expected to resume by middle of 2018 as the Consultant appointed by the National Highway Authority of India has started preparation of the revised project report.
Sources said the revised project report will be completed in four months and the project cost is expected to more than double from the estimated Rs 1815 crores. Once the project is taken up by the middle of next year, it will be completed by the end of 2020.
The project lifeline for the two container terminals in Chennai Port will help the swift evacuation of containers from the port to the national high way linking Chennai with Kolktata within 25 minutes.
A senior official of the port said Chennai Port had the capacity to handle 130 million tonnes but is handling hardly fifty million tonnes due to problems in evacuation of cargo. The elevated corridor project is therefore a life line for the Chennai Port.
Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari when he was in the city last month had announced that project work will resume in four months. The NHAI is working towards that goal. Funds for the project will be allotted by the Shipping Ministry once the revised DPR is ready which includes the cost estimate.
If the original schedule had been adhered to, the project would have been commissioned by now and Chennai Port would have been in a much better position in the handling of containers.