Port Trust to take over land housing two Fort Kochi clubs

Ferry terminal of Water Metro project to come up on plots

Close on the heels of serving eviction notice to two prominent clubs on the Fort Kochi seafront, the Cochin Port Trust has decided to take possession of the two properties to make way for the upcoming ferry terminal of the Water Metro project.

The port issued the order on October 10, under provisions of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971, against Cochin Aquatic Club and The Laurel Club, on River Road.

Sources in the Port Trust, which owns the land, said the notice was issued and subsequent action taken since the persons who had leased the two properties violated the terms of the agreement. It was also learnt that they sublet the land. The court dismissed the appeals that they had filed challenging the eviction notice.


Moreover, the land on which the two clubs stood is needed for Water Metro’s ferry-terminal project. Subsequent to the order, the land would be taken over and handed over to Kochi Metro Rail Limited, they said.

Chinese nets

Former Mayor K.J. Sohan, who was at the forefront of those opposing the setting up of the ferry terminal in between Chinese fishing nets, reiterated his stand that it was not safe to have the terminal at the harbour mouth. “It would also affect the few Chinese nets – the icons with which people associate Kochi. KMRL must have a rethink on the terminal, since a boat jetty of the Kochi Corporation exists close by,” he said.

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