The Ports Department in Kerala is working out a tie-up between the V.O. Chidambaranar (Tuticorin) Port Trust and the Kollam Port. Director of Ports PI Shiek Pareeth had talks in this connection with Tuticorin Port Trust Chairman S Anantha Chandra Bose recently.
The consignments are now dispatched through road. It is the restrictions on the movement of trailer trucks carrying export containers imposed by Tamil Nadu in the wake of a Supreme Court order that prompted the Ports Department to tap the situation and promote the Kollam Port.
The restrictions have considerably affected the cashew industry here as imported raw nut consignments are held up at the Tuticorin Port. The Kollam Port is equipped for round-the-clock operations and the government has agreed to open a Commercial Taxes office there. All ground handling will be arranged by the Kollam port authorities.