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Kolkata Port Trust moots tunnel under Hooghly river for truck movement

Kolkata Port Trust moots tunnel under Hooghly river for truck movement
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Kolkata, Jul 26 (PTI) The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is

weighing the option of constructing a tunnel under the Hooghly

river to facilitate container truck movement from one bank to

another, a move that will help decongest the city roads, an

official said.

Buoyed by the success of underwater tunnelling work

for East-West Metro corridor, the KoPT, rechristened as the

Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, is planning to appoint a

consultant to conduct a feasibility study for building a

similar structure under the river, he said.

"It is just an idea as I saw such tunnels in Antwerp

port (in Belgium). So we are appointing a consultant to look

into it," the port''s chairman Vinit Kumar told PTI.

This could potentially free city roads of 700-800

trucks daily, he said.

Trucks that trudge through Garden Reach Circular Road,

Kidderpore Road, Hastings and Vidyasagar Setu, also known as

the Second Hooghly Bridge, causing traffic snarls and

pollution could cross the river via an underwater tunnel then

head to the destination from the opposite bank in Howrah.

The port authorities are also exploring RoRo (roll on,

roll off) ferry services to facilitate movement of trucks by

avoiding city traffic, he said.

Asked whether the current COVID-19 outbreak has

impacted the port activities, he said, "Eight pilots tested

positive for the disease in a day last week and overall 180

cases have been detected among port employees and support

workers. We have not stopped operations for a single day as it

causes inconvenience to port users."

Meanwhile, speaking at a seminar organised by CII,

Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the Centre has waived

off waterways charges.

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) had

levied the waterway usage charges at a rate of Rs 0.02 per

gross registered tonnage (GRT) per km for inland cargo ships

and Rs 0.05 for cruise vessels on national waterways. PTI BSM

BDC BDC


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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