Government aims at comprehensive development of ports in the State: K. Babu

Minister for Excise and Ports K. Babu has said that a Hydrographic survey institute capable of generating much job opportunities will be started in Kochi by next September.

Talking after inaugurating the two survey boats for the hydrographic survey wing in Kochi on Saturday, Mr. Babu said that coastal shipping will be launched to shift 20 per cent of the road transport through waterways.

He said that administrative sanction has been given for the allocation of Rs. 443 lakh for a survey in this connection, which will be launched next year.

The Minister said that understanding has been reached with the Fisheries University about the start of the hydrographic institute. Initially, the institute will function out of the land of the University. Those including B.Tech graduates could undergo basic course on hydrography at this institute, he said.

The government aims at the comprehensive development of ports in the State. The concept of coastal shipping is to supplement this. With the Kollam-Kottappuram and Kottappuram-Kasargod becoming a reality, the possibilities offered by sea and backwaters can be better explored.

The survey wing will be strengthened for this.

Hibi Eden, MLA, presided. Mayor Tony Chammany was the chief guest. Dominic Presentation, MLA, delivered keynote address.

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