Master plan, detailed project report, cost-benefit analysis ready

The Union Defence Ministry will have facilities at the proposed Vizhinjam international seaport. The Navy and the Coast Guard have sought one berth each at the seaport, considering the port’s strategic location.

Replying to a calling-attention motion on the need to initiate urgent steps for materialising the project, Mr. Babu told the Assembly on Monday that the Navy would be provided a 500-metre berth and the Coast Guard, a 120-metre berth. The State government has agreed to provide these facilities on a cost-sharing basis, Mr. Babu said.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy have already held discussions on it. The Defence Ministry Joint Secretary has been asked to examine the matter, it is learnt, Mr. Babu added.

Joint operations

The lone amphibious brigade of the Army is stationed here and so the Vizhinjam port, once completed, could be used for joint operations of the Army and the Navy. This will not affect the commercial prospects of the port, he said.

The public hearing on the environment impact assessment (EIA) for the Vizhinjam international seaport project will be conducted by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board. The draft report on the environmental impact assessment conducted by the International Financing Corporation (IFC) was submitted to the government on March 15. Another agency, L&T Rambole, which conducted a study had submitted its report in December last. In the wake of the complaints raised by certain NGOs and other organisations, the IFC had to hear their views as part of the study and hence the report was delayed. All the reports will be integrated and submitted to the board for public hearing. The master plan, detailed project report, and socio-economic cost-benefit analysis have been completed. All these will be published as part of the EIA report.

The State government will seek concessions in cabotage laws for the port. About 98 per cent land for the project has been acquired, he said. Trial run on the drinking water project with 3 mld is on. The project will be inaugurated on April 25. It has been decided to provide water to the local people too, he said.

  • Public hearing on environment impact assessment

  • 98% land for the project acquired