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Tamil Nadu to give Cuddalore Port to a private developer to operate for 50 years

February 22, 2024
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Chennai - The Cuddalore port is back in the limelight with the Tamil Nadu Government planning to give it to a private developer to operate for nearly 50 years. The port had become defunct due to continuous silting. However, the Tamil Nadu Maritime Board (TNMB) had spent ₹160 crore on extension of North and South Breakwater; construction of wharfs 1 & 2 (240 m in length) and dredging of approach channel to around 9 m. 

The Cuddalore Port is an intermediate anchorage port situated at the confluence of the Rivers Uppanar & Paravanar on the Bay of Bengal. The depth available at the port entrance is about 2.5 metres at low tide time and 3-4 m depth is available alongside the wharf.

The Government wants the port to be developed as deep water, direct berthing and all weather port to handle small and medium size vessels and coastal vessels. However, the low depth could be a major issue that could deter the private players looking at the port, said sources.

TNMB will give a license to use the project facilities along with land to an extent of 111.72 acres for a period of 50 years extendable up to 99 years based on mutually agreed terms. The selected port developer has to create the support infrastructures and undertake the development, marketing, operation and maintenance of the port.

Cuddalore port is an open roadstead (anchorage) Port situated at the confluence of the rivers Uppanar and Paravanar in the Bay of Bengal. Ships anchor at the open sea at the available depth, loading and unloading of cargo takes place by means of Lighters/Steel Barges.

The Cuddalore Port is strategically well positioned for the North Central Hinterland of Tamilnadu. This port can be an alternate gateway for north central Tamilnadu and Cuddalore Port will facilitate MSME sectors with reduced time and cost for the exporters and importers, says Ennarasu Karunesan, a Global Maritime Expert, IAPH Regional Director to India.

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