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Chennai port inks pact with Puducherry govt for exim cargo

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Road congestion in and will come down significantly after a pact between port and the for handling of export-import cargo, Union Minister today said.

"Road congestion will reduce substantially due to the pact for handling exim cargo as almost 300 trucks will go off the road. Around 5-10 lakh tonnes of cargo is expected to be handled once this arrangement becomes operational," Gadkari, who holds shipping, road transport and portfolio, said.

After the signing of the pact between the Port Trust, one of the 12 major ports in the country, and the of here for handling the exim cargo, Gadkari said the move will also bring down pollution significantly.

The MoU envisages that the Port will assist Port in handling its export cargo.

The cargo originating from Port hinterland will be transported through sea mode to the port for shipping to overseas destinations through mainline and feeder vessels.

"Similarly, the import cargo destined to hinterland will be unloaded at the port and will be moved in small coastal vessels to the port, thus reducing total logistics costs, besides easing road congestion," a statement from the shipping ministry said.

The pact was inked in presence of Gadkari, Chief Minister V Narayansamy and Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Lal Mandaviya.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 17:57 IST