Vizhinjam project work to begin this month

Works costing Rs.450 crore to be taken up

Work on the first phase of the Vizhinjam international container transhipment terminal project will be launched this month, Minister for Ports and Youth Affairs V. Surendran Pillai has said.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme at the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club on Thursday, Mr. Pillai said the first phase would lay thrust on developing infrastructure facilities. Road and rail connectivity were imperative for developing the port. Works costing Rs.450 crore would be taken up in the first phase.

He said nearly 120 acres of land would be needed for developing the port. About 30 acres would be needed for laying roads. The expression of interest for the project had so far elicited 50 enquiries. Already two bidders had come forward, he said.

It had been proposed to construct a minor fishing harbour at Valiyathura. Work on protecting the pier would be executed along with the project.

There was a proposal to set up a maritime board. The board would get funds from the Centre, but a final decision would be taken only after a thorough study, he said.

The Youth Welfare Board would take steps for creating awareness against terrorism and other divisive tendencies and also launch career guidance programmes for the youth, Mr. Surendran Pillai said.

  • Priority to developing infrastructure
  • Fishing harbour at Valiyathura proposed

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