India is the only major vehicle producing country in the world without fuel saving standards for cars, said a report from the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). More than 40 per cent of the oil and oil products in the country go into running vehicles. In fact, if this guzzling continues unabated, it can virtually wipe out the gains of fuel savings from all other steps, and undermine all efforts at reducing climate change risks, said Sunita Narain, CSE Director General.
It is learnt that Ennore port, located 25 km north off Chennai, is emerging as an alternative for automobile exports because of capacity constraint in the Chennai port. Marc Nassif, Managing Director, Renault India, said the Ennore port provides adequate capacity and authorities are willing and helpful. The port is said to have shipped 1.04 lakh cars last year and expects this number to rise to 1.6
Krishnapatnam Port is constructing a roll-on roll-off berth in the south terminal in order to handle export of cars manufactured in Chennai and Bangalore regions. Anil Yendluri, Chief Executive Officer, Krishnapatnam Port informed that the port is expected to have the berth ready by the first quarter of 2013-14
Reports suggest that Krishnapatnam Port, located in Andhra Pradesh has handled 13.8 million tonne (mn t) cargo since April 2012. In 2011-12, the port loaded 15.9 mn t of cargo. The port has the capacity to handle 40-45 mn t of cargo from 11 berths built with an investment of about Rs 4,000 crore. It is one of Indiaâ€™s deepest ports with a draft of 18.5 meter and is capable of accommodating the biggest ships operating today