Ennore-Manali Road May be Opened Next Month
By Express News Service | Published: 07th January 2014 07:38 AM |
The Ennore-Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP) is likely to be completed and inaugurated by Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan next month.
Speaking to reporters after inaugurating the Rs 51.60 crore Railway Siding Infrastructure at Ennore Port, the minister said a delay in shifting of tenements of NTO Kuppam and Cherian Nagar had hit the project and hoped that the Tamil Nadu government would take necessary steps to complete the project at the earliest.
The project has been hit by inordinate delays and the deadline has been continuously extended since the last one year. Vasan, who has been personally taking a keen interest in the project since last year, said he had reviewed the ongoing works at the 30 km stretch of formerly Ennore-Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP) and hoped that the project would be inaugurated by the middle of the next month.
He said Rs 51.60 crore railway siding infrastructure would enable the proposed coal and stack yards to be connected to southern and northern mainlines. Ennore will be supplying coal to Mettur Thermal power station and also to Raichur.
Currently, the Ennore Port has a six rake capacity and this would be enhanced with the rail siding infrastructure to 24 rake capacity. By March, it would be shipping coal loaded in 11 rakes, according to Ennore Port officials.
Vasan also said Ennore Port would take up various projects to double the capacity of the port from the present 30 million tonnes per annum to 67 million tonnes per annum under the 12th five-year plan.
However, Ennore port officials were silent on the rail corridor identified in the Outer Ring Road stating that the project is still with the State government. Meanwhile, southern railway is planning to quadruple the railway line between Madras to Gudur.
Southern Railway, Divisional Railway Manager, PK Mishra, said as a result there would now be a double line between Ennore to Athipatu.