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Chennai Port gets infrastructure boost under PM Gati Shakti scheme

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CHENNAI : With the aim of becoming Atmanirbhar by 2047, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping, Waterways and AYUSH, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, on Sunday, August 14, inaugurated a New Drive Through Container Scanner and laid foundation stones for two Sewage Treatment Plants to boost infrastructure at the Chennai Port .The new Drive Through Container Scanner was launched by the Union Minister at the port to drive up Economies of Scale to benefit business and trade. Shri Shripad Naik, Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways was also present at the launch.

As the country celebrates 75 years of Independence, the port will install a 20 meters high National Flag Mast. This foundation will hold a National Flag with a height of 18 feet and width of 12 feet. The new structure will be able to withstand a wind velocity of upto 140 Kms per hour.

As per the Shipping Ministry, Sonowal also laid the foundation stones for two Sewage Treatment Plants at the port in order to champion the cause of sustainable growth.”The combined capacity of these two plants is pegged at 130 Kilo Litres per Day (KLD), with one at 90 KLD and the other at 40 KLD capacity. The water generated through these plants will be used within the Port reducing its dependence on usage of fresh water,” the ministry said.The Union Minister also inaugurated a computer upgradation programme at the Port in an effort to augment IT infrastructure. A total of 440 units of modern computer set-ups are to be installed.

Emphasising the role of PM Gati Shakti as an aiding factor, Sonowal, said “As we are celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we must remember the vision of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has set for the country to become Atmanirbhar by 2047 when the country will be celebrating a century of freedom. During these 25 years, which the honourable Prime Minister has termed Amrit Kaal, we must work hard and with a laser-sharp focus to bring home this objective and make our country the best in the world.””Such a unique model envisioned by PM Modi is PM Gati Shakti model. We can unlock huge potential by applying our resources and securing Advantage Gati Shakti. I am happy to share with you all that Chennai Port is working to secure this advantage absolutely. Many projects like Bunker Berth at Bharathi Dock, development of the Goods Shed facility at Jolarpet, a new Elevated Road from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal, development of Multimodal Logistics Park at Mappedu, Chennai and many more are on the path to avail this advantage and unlock great trade potential for the country,” the Minister added.

Moreover, as many as 300 Chennai Port employees formed a human National Flag at West Quay IV Berth of the Port to encourage the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga‘ among the common people of the region.The people, led by Sarbananda Sonowal , also enthusiastically participated in a cleanliness drive at Besant Nagar Beach as part of the Swacha Sagar Surakshit Sagar campaign. Further, the union minister also handed out compensation to 16 family members of Chennai Port Authority who lost their lives to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Chennai Port plays a vital role in the industrialisation of southern India.

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