Staff Reporter

KOCHI: With the Union Minister for Shipping and Surface Transport T.R. Baalu set to review the progress of the proposed Vallarpadam International Container Transhipment Terminal early next month, the district administration and other authorities concerned are set to intensify the work on the rail and road connectivity for the project.

The minister is expected to make the visit in the first week of July, N. Ramachandran, chairman, Cochin Port Trust (CPT), said at a meeting held here on Saturday.

The High Court having delivered its verdict on rehabilitation of those evicted for the connectivity project, the district administration is preparing to provide the much needed momentum to the connectivity works.

District Collector M. Beena said that the district administration would spare no efforts to ensure speeding up the works related to the project.

However, the National Highway Authority of India officials said that though 98 per cent of the land required for the 17.20-km four-lane highway had been acquired, work could not be started in many stretches owing to protests by the people. The district administration would take emergency steps and resolve the issues connected with the acquired land within the next five days. The CPT would approach the court for vacating the stay on cases relating to reclaiming land from the backwaters for the highway connectivity.

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