New Deputy Chairman assumes office at Chennai port
Mr Balaji S Arun Kumar 1997 batch officer of Indian Railway Traffic service
has taken over as Deputy Chairman of the Chennai Port Trust on August 24th
Before joining Chennai port, he was working as Dy. Chairman, Kolkata Port
Trust (now named as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port) from 04.04.2016 to 19.08.2020
and was also holding the charge of Dy. Chairman Haldia Dock Complex from Jan
2020. He was also the Deputy Chairman, Kolkata Dock Labour Board from 2016.
He also worked as Chairman and Managing Director of Hooghly Dock and Port
Engineers Limited. He has many credentials and achievements in his career.
During his tenure at Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port (SMP), the Port achieved
highest ever Cargo Handling of 64 Million Tons in 2019-20. The Port also
registered highest ever Container throughput of 8.45 Lakh TEUs in the same
Over the past 4 years, the Port traffic grew at a CAGR of 5.9 per cent.
During his tenure SMP, Kolkata became one of select few Major Ports to handle
At Kolkata Dock System, the container stack yard area was increased to 1.74
lakh sq.meters in 2020 from 1.03 Lakh Sq. meters in 2016.
Massive up gradation of Rail infrastructure to the tune of Rs 120 crores at
Kolkata and Rs 150 crores at Haldia were undertaken which enabled handling of
two full rakes from the earlier half rake at Kolkata and doubling of siding
line and creation of additional spurs for coal and iron ore handlin9 and up
gradation of signalling system at Haldia port railway system.
Positions he has
Prior to joining the Port Service, he was the Sr. General Manager,
Container Corporation of India, Chennai from 4.6.2014 to 2.4.2016. He
successfully piloted creation of LCL hub in CONCOR ICD, Chennai.
He has wide experience in operations, commercial and safety wings of
Railways. He has also worked as Dy. Chief Operations Manager, Southern Railway
Hqrs. both in freight and passenger train operations.
He has worked as Sr. Divisional Operations Manager of Chennai and
Trichirappally Divisions of Southern Railway for seven years. He has also
worked as Dy. Chief Operations Manager, South East Central Railway Zone,
Bilaspur and Divisional Operations Manager (Mainline Freight), Bilaspur Division.
He has also worked as Area Manager, Ernakulam, Kerala. He started his He
started his career in Railway service as Asst. Commercial Manager, Chennai
Division. His vast experience and knowledge will be an added advantage to