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V. O. Chidambaranar Port mulls establishing Multimodal Logistics Park


V.O. Chidambaranar Port, the economic engine of South Tamil Nadu, has proposed setting up a Multimodal Logistics Park (MMLP) due to the port’s advantages such as excellent rail-road connectivity, proximity to main sea route, all-weather operational conditions, and geographic position to link the east and west coasts. The current landscapes of manufacturing hubs are located mainly in the secondary hinterland i.e. Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Salem, Erode, Pollachi, Karur, Rajapalayam, Madurai, etc.


The Multimodal Logistics Park would facilitate infrastructure for enabling seamless multimodal freight transfer and specialised storage solutions such as cold storage, warehouses equipped with mechanised material handling, and intermodal transfer terminals for containers, bulk and break-bulk cargo. Further, the MMLP would be offering value-added services such as Customs clearance, bonded storage yards, quarantine zones, testing facilities, warehousing management services, post-manufacturing activities such as kitting and final assembly, grading, sorting, labelling, packaging, etc.


In order to select the optimal locations for setting up the logistics park, the port has tentatively identified Coimbatore, Madurai and Tuticorin as the three potential locations. It would come up in an area of about 100 acres.


The port is holding interactions with stakeholders in the hinterland and industrial associations for the development of the MMLP. Based on the preliminary inputs, land parcel with road and rail connectivity will be identified and the proposal will be submitted to the government for approval.


Setting up of a Multimodal Logistics Park would aid in reducing logistics cost of ex-im cargo, bring down pollution and congestion caused by cargo truck movement and reduce warehousing cost, driven by lower rentals in logistics parks situated outside the city limits.   


VOC Port currently offers a maximum draught of 14.20 m to accommodate bulk carriers up to 95,000 DWT and container vessels up to LOA of 300 metres. The port’s two container terminals, with capacity to handle 1.17 million TEUs, are well supported by 17 CFSs and one ICD. The terminals facilitate daily connectivity to Colombo and reach further to the Far East through weekly mainline services, said a release.

 

Source: Exim News Service: New Delhi/Tuticorin, Oct. 12