Protest against ‘attempt’ to scuttle Vizhinjam seaport project

The district committee of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) will form a ‘human chain’ along the 18-km Vizhinjam - Secretariat stretch on Friday in protest against the alleged move of the Union and State governments to scuttle the Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport project.

CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan will be the ‘first link’ in the chain at Vizhinjam and CPI State secretary Pannian Ravindran will be the ‘final link’ at the Secretariat. 

Thousands of people, including legislators and prominent socio-cultural figures, are expected to join the chain which will be in place at 5.30 p.m.

After a pledge, public meetings will be held at Vizhinjam, Kovalam, Thiruvallom, Ambalathara, Kamaleswaram, Manacaud, Gandhi Park, Ayurveda College, and Secretariat.

Appealing to all citizens to make the ‘human chain’ successful, the district committee said the Union Budget 2013-14 had no mention of the project, an ambitious one for the State.

Providing funds for new ports in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and allocating Rs.7,500 crore for the Tuticorn facility, the Centre had made its stand clear on the Vizhinjam project, it said.

Vizhinjam was the ideal location for a seaport as it was close to the international sea route. But once the Tuticorin port was fully developed, Vizhinjam would become redundant, the district committee said.