CPT starts implementing Port Community Service

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Kochi, Jan 1 (UNI) Cochin Port Trust (CPT) Chairman N Ramachandran today said the port had started implementing the 'Port Community System' (PCS) for transacting vessel and container related information.

Speaking to newspersons here, Mr Ramachandran said the system, which went live yesterday, would help in standardisation of procedure and information exchange, online request and payment for service, transparency and cost effectiveness and faster clearance of goods.

All major ports in India were implementing PCS, an initiative of the Ministry of Shipping and the Indian Ports Association (IPA), to fully integrate the port operations.

''The traders will be able to fill and submit the requisite forms electronically without any hassles whereby the system will be paperless,'' Mr Ramachandran noted.

Informations relating to vessel and containers, cargo, finance, transport and regulatory details would be exchanged through PCS, which would be operationalised in three phases.

Mr Ramachandran added that land acquisition for land and rail connectivity for the Vallarpadam Project were progressing well.

The CPT had sanctioned Rs 2.20 crore for the development of land alloted for those displaced by the acquisition of land for the project.

Later, Mr Ramachandran, in the presence of Ernakulam Collector Mohammed Hanish, handed over three cheques amounting to Rs 29 lakh to three people as compensation for the land taken over for the project.

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