Port Wings News Network:
Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 25 February dedicated the 8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge to the Nation and laid the foundation stone for 5 MW Ground-Based Solar Power Plant at VOC Port, Tuticorin, through video conferencing from Coimbatore.
The event was attended by Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Governor, Tamil Nadu, Shri Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, Shri Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal & Mines, Shri O. Panneerselvam, Deputy Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, among others, at Coimbatore.
The Project of ‘8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge’ was taken up at a cost of Rs.42 crores, as an initiative under ‘Sagarmala Programme’.
The existing Korampallam bridge and Rail over bridge have been widened on either side to 8.5 metres for a length of 277 metres, and the existing road leading to the bridge to 10.30 metres for a length of 1.577 Km.
At present, the port has only 4-lane connectivity. This important project will facilitate full-fledged 8-lane approach road connectivity. The 8-laning of the port approach road will facilitate seamless entry into the Port for time sensitive cargo laden container trucks from Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Madurai etc., bound for destinations across the globe.
The project will also foster movement of containers (TEUs) into the port for quicker delivery of containers to the importers and provide a fillip to the ‘Athmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative of the Government of India.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the ‘5 MW Ground-Based Solar Power Plant’, at VOC Port, Tuticorin. VOC Port has taken up the installation of grid connected 5 MW ground-based solar power plant at a cost of Rs.20 crores. The installation of the solar power plant is to be made in an area of 25 acres and the project is expected to be completed by August, 2021.
The project is estimated to generate 80.64 Lakh units (KWH) per annum, meeting 60% of the total energy consumption of the Port. In addition, the project will also aid in reducing the carbon footprint in Port operations.
The VOC Port has been a frontrunner in implementing various Green Port Initiatives and has already installed 500 KW rooftop solar power plant. Installation of another 140 KW rooftop solar project is in progress. The Port has also initiated the process for setting up onshore Wind farms along its long coastline. The Port has issued work order to ‘National Institute of Wind Energy’ (NIWE) to prepare DPR for installing onshore and offshore wind turbines to harness wind potential on PPP basis. On implementation of all the above projects, the Port will become the ‘First Green Port’ of the country.