Maritime academy to be set up soon

Staff Reporter

Centres in capital city and Kasaragod initially

Kollam-Kottapuram waterway to be ready by September

Discussions held on Metro rail project

KOCHI: A maritime academy will be set up by the State Government soon. Sports and Youth Welfare Minister M.Vijayakumar said the academy would have centres in Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod initially.

He was inaugurating a navigation training programme organised by the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC) and the Kerala State Youth Welfare Board here on Saturday.

He said inland navigation was being given due consideration by the Government. The Kollam-Kottapuram waterway is expected to be commissioned in September. Work to ensure smooth passage along the Kollam-Kulachal navigational route was also under way.

Referring to the traffic snarls in Kochi, the Minister said it was necessary to take up the metro rail project. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd is expected to execute the project in Kochi. Discussions were held with the officials concerned in this regard last week.

The Minister said water transport had high potential to help boost tourism. The inland navigation sector also offered a lot of employment opportunities. Training was of paramount importance in the sector, he said. The Minister inaugurated the training programme for the fourth batch of students.

K.V.Thomas, MLA, said the training facility should be extended to Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. He observed that there was lack of trained personnel in the sector.

B.R.Menon, Chairman, KSINC, P.Sreeramakrishnan and vice-chairman, Kerala State Youth Welfare Board, were among those who spoke.

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