CHENNAI: The much awaited Kamarajar Port-Adani group’s Rs 1,270-crore container terminal at Kamarajar Port in Ennore will be inaugurated by Union Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday.
The terminal would have a handling capacity of 1.4 million TEUS, with a total quay length of 730 metres, which, upon completion, is considered to change the dynamics of Kamarajar Port branded as bulk port. It will help in the port handling multiple cargoes and sources believe that there will be huge demand from exporters and importers to use the facility.
The container terminal is part of the port’s plan to increase cargo handling capacity to 86 million tonnes.
The concession agreement to set up the terminal in two phases at a cost of Rs 1,270 crore was signed in March 2014 by Adani Group and Kamarajar Port.
With the opening up of container terminal, Adani Ports will now be manning both Kattupalli and Kamarajar ports.
A Kamarajar Port spokesman said that besides the container terminal, Gadkari will be inaugurating multi-cargo terminal, railway connectivity to container and multi-cargo terminal, e-office and RFID gate entry system. The multi-cargo terminal is being set up along with Chettinad International Bulk Terminal Pvt Ltd at the port. An agreement was signed in March 2014 to develop multi-cargo terminal on DBFOT (design, build, finance, operate and transfer) basis.
Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, Fisheries, Finance, Personnel and Administrative Reforms Minister D Jayakumar, and Rural Industries Minister P Benjamin are expected to be present on the occasion.