Cement industries seek better rail connectivity
Cement industries in Ariyalur-Tiruchi belt are seeking better rail connectivity to Karaikal Port for quicker cargo movement.
At present, the cargo is being transported through Tiruchi, a circuitous route, to the MARG Karaikal Port. For quicker cargo movement, the Railways has to first connect Ariyalur with Thanjavur.
The three railway sidings of the port, that is turning out to be the trade gateway of central Tamil Nadu, were connected to Tiruchi via Nagore. Major cement industries in Ariyalur district such as Tamil Nadu Cements Corporation Ltd., Madras Cements (Ramco), Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd, Chettinad Cement, Ultra Tech (Birla), and India Cement (Coromandal King-Sankar Sakthi Industries) transport bagged cement through Karaikal owing to its proximity as also other advantages that include absence of pre-berthing delays and faster turnaround times.