“This is a long-time dream becoming a reality,” said N. Ramachandran, Chairman of the Cochin Port Trust, referring to the inauguration on Friday of the International Container Transhipment Terminal project.
Mr. Ramachandran, an IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, has been instrumental in taking the project through in the last lap of its progress.
From a distant dream in 1985 when the first proposal was made, to February 2011, it has been a long and turbulent road for the Vallarpadam project.
“There were no apprehensions in my mind about achieving the goal,” Mr. Ramachandran told The Hindu. “May be, there was a little more tension in this line of work than what I am used to doing,” he said in a lighter vein about his job as an IPS officer. There were, of course, difficult moments in this journey, about his chairmanship of the Port Trust, which began in 2005.
At that time the project was still on tender documents and in marathon discussions.
Port trade union leaders and other stake holders recall that it was under the leadership of Mr. Ramachandran that the port authorities successfully checked the practice of unlawful collection of money by some anti-social elements on Willingdon Island. The effort went a long way in refurbishing the image of the port.
He said he had worked with utmost sincerity in the best interests of the country and was moving on to his new job with pride.