Union Minister of State for Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday inaugurated various projects in Chennai Port.
The projects include RFID based online harbour entry permit system, integrated CCTV control system, oil spill recovery vehicle, coastal berth facility and a tree plantation project.
The RFID based online harbour entry permit system would cover eight gates, 20 lanes and 27 card readers, avoiding procedural delays in approvals, enhancing the overall security of the port, easing congestion and reducing waiting time at the counters, officials said.
The Minister also inaugurated a paved storage area for handling export cargoes at an estimated cost of ₹54 crore. The project has been implemented in an area covering 11.32 hectares, for handling multiple cargoes in a clean manner, preventing dust pollution in the neighbourhood. Other works, including stormwater drains and lighting are under way.
The coastal berth covers 260 metre and is expected to facilitate the growth of coastal cargo along the east coast and reduce transaction cost for the end users. The project is estimated at ₹80 crore.
Planting of 2,115 conocarpous trees in around the stack yard and along roads in the port trust area is expected to reduce pollution in neighbourhoods located in the vicinity of the port. The oil spill recovery vehicle, MARUDHAM, is expected to facilitate quicker response during disaster events such as oil spill in the city coastline.
The authorities decided to commission the oil spill recovery vehicle after Chennai beaches were polluted in 2017 following a collision of two ships off Ennore. Hundreds of volunteers, including students and professionals, had to pitch in to help the authorities clean the oil pollution along the beaches, officials said.