Chennai Port Trust has planned to develop a 300m long Ro-Ro berth and a multi-level car park on a 10,000 sq. metre area that can accommodate up to 5,000 cars at a time, CPT Chairman Capt. Subhash Kumar revealed at the 4th Southern Asia Ports, Logistics and Shipping 2009 conference held in Chennai.
The entire project would be constructed on BOT basis at an estimated cost of Rs 80 crore, Capt. Kumar said. While Hyundai is already a major exporter of cars through Chennai Port, requests had been received from Toyota, Ford and Mahindra & Mahindra for similar export facilities, he said.
Among other projects, a 200m long barge jetty is being developed with a depth of 10m and back area of 7,500m. The jetty is proposed to be constructed between the iron ore berth and oil terminal so as to cater to barges and bunkers and similar vessels handling liquid cargo.
Chennai Port Trust, with a business plan designed by Deloitte, aims to be a clean cargo port with containers as its mainstay. The port would handle over 7 million teus by 2013.
The port trust has also finalised plans for a mega terminal with a continuous quay length of 2 km and 22m alongside depth to handle ultra-large container ships of 15,000 teus and 400m length. Estimated to cost Rs 3,686 crore, this will be the first deepwater terminal of its kind in India and would be operational by 2015. At present, RfQ bids have been received and security clearance is awaited. The PPMAC memo for bidding is in progress.
Capt. Subhash Kumar also spoke about the integrated dry port and multimodal logistics hub coming up at Mappedu near Sriperumbuddur, which will comprise an inland container depot; and a 19-km long elevated expressway from the port to Maduravoyal joining NH-4, being constructed built by Soma Enterprises Ltd at an estimated cost of Rs 1,655 crore. This project would be completed by 2012.
The Chennai-Ennore Port Road connectivity project linking the northern gate of the port to NH-4 & 5, at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore, is likely to be completed by August 2011, Capt. Kumar added.