The government has sanctioned Rs.1.39 crore for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) on manual dredging of nine ports, namely Manjeswaram, Neeleswaram, Kasaragod, Azheekkal, Thalassery, Beypore, Vadakara, Ponnani, and Kodungalloor. An official release said KITCO (Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation) had been entrusted with the study and preparation of a techno-commercial feasibility report. The State Environment Impact Assessment Agency will consider the EIA report before taking a decision on clearing the dredging proposal. — Special Correspondent

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