Port Wings News Network:
All cities in the country have seen development, all because of the major and non-major ports in the vicinity, and most of the industries depended on road and rail connectivity and the interlinking of logistics of all kinds for easy maritime trade, Mr Sunil Paliwal, Chairman and Managing Director, Kamarajar Port Ltd (KPL), has said.
ECONOMIC PROGRESS AROUND THE PORT
Delivering his special address at the inaugural day of Port Conclave 2019 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on the theme ‘Port-Led Industrialization’ in Chennai on 23 September 2019, Mr Sunil Paliwal said, “Since Kamarajar Port is strategically located and has connectivity to southern and northern regions, there is every possibility for the economic progress around the port.”
Addressing the gathering, Mr Dilip Kumar Gupta, Managing Director & Director, Sagarmala Development Company, Government of India, dwelt at length on the benefits of Sagarmala project with a pointed reference to reducing logistics cost through port modernisation.
Mr Dilip Kumar Gupta said that efforts are on to double the share of domestic waterways in the modal mix from 6 per cent to 12 per cent in addition to fast cargo evacuation to increase throughput port connectivity.
FOUR PILLARS OF PORT-LED DEVELOPMENT
Noting that Sagarmala project revolved around port modernisation, port connectivity, coastal community development, and port-led industrialisation, Mr Dilip Kumar Gupta said that a roadmap has been created for increasing Indian port capacity in the country.
“The rail connectivity target of adding 8560 km line and the road connectivity for 7293 km line by 2025 can be made possible,” he said and added that the Centre of Excellence in Maritime and Shipbuilding would take care of fishing harbours and cruise tourism in the country.
Mr Dilip Kumar Gupta stated: “Under port-led development the four pillars are – port modernisation, port community, port-led industrialisation and coastal community development. The focus is on optimising cost and time of cargo movement to enhance the competitiveness of Indian industries through port-led industrialisation.”
“Till date four projects worth Rs.205 crore – Krishnapatnam Rail Company (Rs.125 crore) for port connectivity; Indian Ports Global (Rs.10 crore) for new port development; ROB at Haldia port (Rs.50 crore) for port connectivity and Vizag Road connectivity (Rs. 20 crore) for port connectivity – have been completed. There are ten more projects under activity evaluation,” Mr Dilip Kumar Guptaadded.
Dr M Beena, Chairperson, Cochin Port Trust, said that ports could act as a catalyst for industrial development across all verticals and lauded the efforts of Government of India for its action plan for development of ports in the country.
CHENNAI PORT TRUST AT JOLARPET
Speaking about the off-site facility plan of the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) at Jolarpet , Mr Gupta said that the project is unlikely to take off as the Railways wants more price for the land, according to a report in BusinessLine.
“While initially it was agreed for Rs.32 crore, the Railway now offers it at Rs. 86 crore. This makes the project it unviable. We have asked the ChPT to look at an alternate land parcel,” he said.
It may be noted that in January 2018, the ChPT proposed the Jolarpet project to be set up in railway land near Jolarpet junction about 225 km from Chennai en route Bengaluru. Southern Railway had given its in-principle approval for the project, which needs 55 acres.
Speaking at the conclave, Mr Anil Yendluri, Co-chairman, CII Port Conclave 2019 & CEO, Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited (KPCL), said that ports in India could not work in isolation and they should be integrated with all types of ecosystems and mainly the industries with a strong supply chain base.
He wanted to add value to export and import components by industries that made use of the ports using e-commerce, block chain and artificial intelligence and advocated the idea of large parcels of land allocated for ports and their developments.
Mr Cyril C George, Deputy Chairman, Port of Chennai, said that the 12 major ports and 200 non-major ports in India handled 95 per cent of trade volume and 70 per cent of trade value with the potential for the navigational waterways of 14,500 km.
Earlier, Mr S Chandramohan, Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu State Council, welcomed the gathering.