Kerala

Wait for Vizhinjam

Print edition : July 10, 2015

The site for the proposed container terminal as viewed from the Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited office at Mulloor in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: S. GOPAKUMAR

Work in progress on the main road from Mulloor to the site of the proposed port. A file photograph. Photo: S. GOPAKUMAR

Containers being unloaded from a vessel anchored at the International Container Transhipment Terminal at Vallarpadam near Kochi. So far, the four-year-old Vallarpadam terminal has handled a maximum of 3.66 lakh TEU containers a year (up from 3.28 TEUs in its first year) against the initial target of 1.2 million TEUs by 2014. Photo: Vipin Chandran

The Kerala government’s proposal to develop Vizhinjam into an “all-weather, multipurpose, deepwater, mechanised, greenfield port” raises expectations and also doubts whether it is handing over valuable public assets to a big business house without much deliberation.
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