A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Chennai Port Trust and the Government of Puducherry in New Delhi on Wednesday for handling EXIM cargo that originates from the Puducherry Port hinterland, Bureacracy Today has learnt.
The MoU envisages that the cargo originating from the Puducherry Port hinterland will be transported through the sea mode to the Chennai Port for shipping to overseas destinations through mainline and feeder vessels.
Speaking on the occasion, Shipping Minister N.J. Gadkari said, “This MoU will facilitate the handling of EXIM cargo to-and-from Puducherry hinterland through the Chennai Port. Around five lakh to 10 lakh tonnes of cargo is expected to be handled.”
“Once it is operational, road congestion will reduce substantially as 300 trucks will go off the road," the Minister said adding that the move will promote industrial growth in the region and generate substantial employment.