Mangalore, Aug 07: P.C. Parida , the Chairman of New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) spoke on “Issues pertaining to New Mangalore Port and the road map” organised by Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday, August 06.
Presenting his ideas, he said that a railway line would be laid from Panambur marshalling yard to Thannirbhavi which will result in creating an additional capacity of 10 million tonne at the port. The consultancy for the work has been given to RITES and the proposed line would provide railway facility to oil dock, berth no 19 and KIOCL area at the NMPT premises.
Pollution free remedies:
The Chairman of NMPT said that automation cargo handling at berth 14 and 18 would eliminate coal pollution from the area and after 4 years, the place should be pollution-free. The upgradation of Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) will take charge of the safety matters of vessels. VTMS can detect oil spillage in minutes, he said.
The construction of business Development Park at an estimated cost of Rs 22 crore will accommodate banks, restaurants, shopping malls and more under one roof. The park would have an area of at least 6500 square feet.
Business development and revenue growth:
For the purpose of business development and revenue growth, Chairman Parida sought the help of KCCI to speed up the doubling of railway line between Panambur-Kankanady and Hassan to Mangalore. The four laning of Manglaore-Hassan NH 75 will also be a boon to NMPT. If the freight from Mysore is diverted to NMPT, it would have been a major gain in terms of revenue. Currently, cargo from Mysore is sent through Chennai and Tuticorin Ports, he added.
KCCI officials, members and public were present on the occasion.