PM Narendra Modi-led Cabinet today gave its ‘in-principle’ approval for setting up a major port at Enayam near Colachel in Tamil Nadu. Establishing this major port at Enayam will not only act as a major gateway container port for Indian cargo that is presently trans-shipped outside the country, but also become a trans-shipment hub for the global East-West trade route.
At present, there are only a few ports in India that have sufficient draft and can match global cargo handling, says a Cabinet release. “Currently, all of India’s trans-shipment traffic gets handled in Colombo, Singapore and other international ports. Indian port industry loses out upto Rs 1,500 crore of revenues each year,” the release adds.
A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be formed for development of this port with initial equity investment from the three major ports in Tamil Nadu i.e. VO Chidambaranar Port Trust, Chennai Port Trust, and Kamarajar Port. The SPV will develop the port infrastructure including dredging and reclamation, construction of breakwater, ensuring connectivity links etc.
“Enayam will also reduce the logistics cost for exporters and importers in South India who currently depend on trans-shipment in Colombo or other ports thus incurring additional port handling charges,” the release adds.