Karaikal Port seeks Peralam-Karaikal andThanjavur-Ariyalur Rail links to boost Cargo movement

Karaikal Port Ltd, developed by city-based MARG Ltd, has asked Southern Railway to set up two new railway lines to boost cargo movement. The new Railway line would help generate additional passengers and freight traffic and reduce distance.
Movement of Freight Trains to Karaikal Port Railway Station a big boost towards increasing its revenue by Southern Railway

KARAIKAL: To boost cargo movement, Karaikal Port in Tamil Nadu has asked Southern Railway to set up two new railway lines to the port. Setting up railway line will make cargo movement easier. Southern Railway general manager R K Kulshrestha in Karaikal recently said Promoter-Director of Karaikal Port GRK Reddy requested him to set up Peralam-Karaikal and Thanjavur-Ariyalur railway lines.

“Major chunk of the land required for the Peralam-Karaikal line was already in the possession of Southern Railway,” Reddy said. The new line would help generate additional passengers and freight traffic and reduce distance. The Thanjavur-Ariyalur line will not only benefit cement and other manufacturing industries but also will boost the economy of the region as it will also provide greater employment opportunities in the domiciliary sectors that grow due to port-rail connectivity. It will link the region with the port.

In a statement, Reddy said, “Major chunk of the land required for the Peralam-Karaikal line was already in the possession of Southern Railway. The new line would reduce the distance and help generation of additional passenger and freight traffic,” he said. The Thanjavur-Ariyalur line would benefit cement and other manufacturing industries as it could be a link in the region, he said.

Stating that the cargo movement presently takes place through Tiruchirapalli, he said, “Railways handled 33 million tonnes of cargo and made Rs 1,900 crores as freight revenue through the port since inception.”

With the setting up of railway line between Thanjavur-Ariyalur, he said the port can favour cement clusters in the locality.

Cargo movement at present takes place through Tiruchirapalli and Railways handled 33 million tonnes of cargo and made Rs 1,900 crore as freight revenue through the port since inception, he said. He said the port can favour cement clusters in the locality. The mechanisation envisages direct unloading through a ship unloader and handled through a conveyor automatic stacker-cum-re-claimer, he added. The mechanisation would improve and enhance the bulk cargo handling at the port in an automated and efficient manner while offering the most convenient trade and efficient operations for the Indian east coast, he told.

“We have taken steps to enhance the efficiency of the port by integrating the mechanisation process for smooth and environment friendly bulk cargo handling. In spite of a dip in the GDP growth, we have invested Rs 600 cr in mechanization for improving the port operations. We believe this is our biggest responsibility towards the people especially in Karaikal and Nagapattinam districts.” Reddy said.

The mechanisation envisages direct unloading through a ship unloader and handled through a conveyor automatic stacker-cum-re-claimer. The process helps in the auto-loading system into wagons and trucks. The mechanisation procedures will ease the bulk cargo handling steps in the port, by ensuring zero handling loss and help in the port’s de-congestion and faster discharge of bulk cargo. Protecting environment would be a major gain, Reddy said.

He said the port handled diverse cargo such as wheat, sugar, cement, fertilisers, coal and edible oil. Since its inception in April 2009, the port has handled cumulative cargo of 53 MMT and received over 1565 commercial vessels, he said, adding that the port has been providing employment opportunities directly and indirectly for more than 50,000 people over the last ten years, besides “unleashing the economic potential of central Tamil Nadu and Puducherry”.

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