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Chennai Port effectively tackling road congestion


Chennai Port has launched a campaign called "Mission - Resurge Chennai Port" and taken various measures to improve the efficiency and productivity of the Port, including measures to address the problem of road congestion.


Earlier, Chennai Port had been facing severe road congestion, especially from export-laden container trailers on Port approach roads, resulting in kilometres long queue. This situation has affected the productivity of container terminals in the Port.


It was mainly due to the reason that only one gate is allowed to operate 24 x 7 basis. There are restrictions in the movement of vehicles through other 3 gates of the Port.




The Port management has taken many proactive measures to address this burning problem of the Port as under:


(1) Interaction with stakeholders: Port has initiated various interactions with all stakeholders like Police Department, Trailer Owners’ Association, CFS and Terminal Operators and evolved strategies to address this issue with the cooperation of all stakeholders.


(2) ‘Task Force’ for regulating traffic congestion: A task force has been formed and made operational round-the-clock which consists of CFS personnel, representative of container terminals and officials of Traffic Department, which is patrolling round-the-clock and regulating traffic problems. This has helped in mitigating the congestion problems on roads in and outside the Port.


(3) Document screening on the approach road to Port: In order to ensure that only trucks with valid documents entering the Port area, a Document Screening Centre has been made operational at Bhavani Amman Kovil junction on the approach road to the Port. This has ensured that only trucks with valid documents are allowed to enter the Port area and other trucks are diverted from this point.


(4) Laning of Roads: Action has been taken to lane Port roads within the Custom bound area by providing dividers, which has helped to regulate movement of trucks within the Port area and ease congestion.


(5) Widening of roads within the Port: The following initiatives have been taken for widening of roads within the Port area:


i) Laying bituminous concrete road over the existing water bound macadam (WBM) road and newly formed area from Marshalling yard road near INS Adyar to South Quay-II Road junction near E2-E3 complex (Physical progress 75 per cent).


ii) Providing concrete road along with shore protection works from Suraj Agro to South tower of old entrance (Physical progress 50 per cent).


iii) Providing and laying of concrete road from New Gate Complex at Gate No.1 to the existing concrete road in outer harbour (Physical progress 37 per cent).


iv) Widening of concrete road between railway gate No. 5 and 7 (Physical progress 6 per cent).


v) Widening of concrete road around Old Naval Basin Yard (LoA issued on 11.11.2015). Work will be commenced by the contractor shortly.


(6) RFID system: A lot of time is being taken for verification of documents and checking of vehicles at the Port as well as terminal gates, which causes congestion. In order to minimise human interface, a most modern and integrated RFID system has been implemented in the Port covering CFSs, Port gates and terminal gates in order to eliminate manual recording of details and facilitate free movement of vehicles. This RFID has been implemented and a trial run has been conducted involving Customs officials, CFSs and Terminal Operators, which was a success. Equipment and devices have been installed and the system is fully operational, which will facilitate trouble-free movement of trucks through Port as well as terminal gates.


(7) New private container train service from Chennai Port to Bengaluru: In order to reduce movement of containers by road and, thereby, reduce congestion, the Port has taken initiatives to improve movement of containers by train. A new private container train service has been commenced by DLI Pvt. Ltd, which started the biweekly service from 11.01.2016. The operator has already completed 3 runs from the Port as on date and the frequency is likely to increase depending on the build-up of cargo.


(8) EMRIPproject: The bottlenecks due to encroachment at Cheriyan Nagar have been cleared and road construction work has commenced. Efforts are being taken by the Port and district administration to ensure that the encroachments in NDO Kuppam area are removed soon and widening of the road completed.


Due to these measures, there has been no congestion in the approach road as well as roads within the Port of late. Hence, Chennai Port has become a "congestion-free" port, a release said.


Source: Exim News Service: CHENNAI, Feb. 16


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