Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the state government was sorting out several obstacles including getting environmental clearance for the Vizhinjam International Seaport project.
He said this while denying the allegation that the state government was trying to delay the project. He further informed that the state government set a time line for each procedure of implementing the project.
He further remarked that the delay was now turning to be a blessing with the revised master plan now upgrading the port to receive mother vessels of 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a capacity that few other ports in the world had.
Further, the state government decided to allot a 500-metre berth and 120-metre berth respectively for the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. This would enable the state government earn an additional Rs 620 crore.
A cruise terminal and fish landing centre too were being incorporated into the master plan, he said. The old port at Vizhinjam too was being revived as a customs port, which would facilitate a three per cent subsidy for exports from here.