Port Wings News Network:
CII Chennai Zone organized a Conference on “Last Mile Connectivity challenges in Chennai Exim Trade Logistics” with the Theme – Reform, Perform and Transform on 10 January 2018 in Chennai.
The main objective of the conference was to understand and improve the logistics infrastructure in and around Chennai and its hinterland & understand the Exim trade’s challenges in last mile connectivity and port facilities and to create solutions for them.
FREIGHT BUSINESS OF INDIAN RAILWAYS
In his inaugural address, Mr R K Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway, mentioned that the freight business of Indian Railways contributes the larger volumes of business transportation in the country especially comprising coal, cement, fertilizers, foodgrains, Containers, Automobiles etc.
He mentioned about the measures taken by Southern Railway to facilitate various freight movement, which are First Common User Rail Auto Hub at Walajabad, nearby Chennai, Chavadipalayam Goods Shed, and also reopened Pettaivayatalai, with related to it digitally developed Freight Operations Information System (FOIS) database.
He said that 2.745 Million tonnes of freight was handled by Southern railway in 2017. With regards to last mile connectivity, Southern Railway is doing the operations in seven ports in South India, which four are in Tamil Nadu, two in Kerala & one in Karnataka.
Apart from it, two more ports are in pipeline such as Vizhinjam in Kerala and Colachel & Enayam in Tamil Nadu. Southern Railway handled 71.82 Million ton of freights.
He also explained about the upcoming projects of Southern Railway such as commissioning of Double Line, Third & Fourth Line in Kamarajar Port & Double Line commissioning in Karaikkal Port by March 2018.
Earlier Mr Ravichandran Purushothaman, Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu delivered the Special address and informed that CII is closely working with Central and State Governments on improving air connectivity in Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy Airports and second airport for Chennai City.
Mr J Ganesh Ram, Chairman, Taskforce on Logistics, CII Chennai Zone, Capt V Ganeshyam, Chairman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Ms Julie Lithgow, Director, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (UK), Mr S Narasimhan, Past Chairman, CII Puducherry State Council and experts from various industries spoke on the occasion.