Special Correspondent

Says Government committed to State's development

Thiruvananthapuram: Government will invite fresh bids for the proposed international deepwater container transhipment terminal at Vizhinjam, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said here on Sunday.

Inaugurating the 13th conference of the Federation of Residents Associations, Thiruvananthapuram (FRAT), he said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised to lay the foundation stone for the project after the current Parliament session.

Mr. Achuthanandan said the Government had decided to invite fresh bids because the Central Government had denied security clearance for a consortium involving two Chinese companies that had been awarded the project.

He said the LDF Government was committed to the development of the State and the capital city.

Presents awards

The Chief Minister later presented awards instituted by FRAT for outstanding contribution to the development of the capital city.

The recipients included Law Minister M. Vijayakumar, former Union Minister O. Rajagopal and former TRIDA chairman P.K. Venugopal. FRAT president T.K. Bhaskara Panikker presided over the function.

Food Minister C. Divakaran presented awards to students who bagged high marks in the SSLC, ICSE and CBSE examinations.

A seminar on city development and another one on `The role of residents associations in social security' were also organised.