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Ponnani port development to be taken up thru public-pvt route - 2011-10-03


According to the master plan of the project, the port will have both rail and road connectivity for the movement of cargo to hinterland destinations. The rail connectivity over a distance of 13 km will require acquisition of around 100 acres of land and it will cost a total of Rs 101 crore.
The development of the port will not affect the functioning of the existing fishing harbour in the area, it is pointed out.
Apart from Ponnani port, two other ports, Beypore and Azhikkal, in the Malabar region have been in the waiting, but for a much longer time of more than one-and-a-half decades, for being initiated into a firm development mode.
Though both ports had been put through the tender process some time back, the department had failed to identify private investors, necessitating re-tendering of the projects. According to the master plan of the project, the port will have both rail and road connectivity for the movement of cargo to hinterland destinations. The rail connectivity over a distance of 13 km will require acquisition of around 100 acres of land and it will cost a total of Rs 101 crore.
The development of the port will not affect the functioning of the existing fishing harbour in the area, it is pointed out.
Apart from Ponnani port, two other ports, Beypore and Azhikkal, in the Malabar region have been in the waiting, but for a much longer time of more than one-and-a-half decades, for being initiated into a firm development mode.
Though both ports had been put through the tender process some time back, the department had failed to identify private investors, necessitating re-tendering of the projects.

Source: Hindu Business Line