The proposed Enayam International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (EICTT) project has been cancelled as officials have found an alternative location for executing the project. A strategically viable location between Keelamanakudi and Kovalam villages near Kanniyakumari has been opted for, said I Jayakumar, Chairman of Thoothukudi VO Chidambaranar Port during a press meet held on Thursday. Deputy Chairman S Natarajan and VOC port advisor Veeramuthumani were present at the meeting.
Jayakumar said that the proposed location had no public habitation and the land acquisition too was less compared to Enayam Port plan. The international container transshipment terminal can be established on a stretch of 2.4 kilometre, along the high-tide shore line
between Keelamanakudi and Kovalam villages, hardly four kilometre from Kanniyakumari Railway
Station. The proposed terminal would be 500 metre away from the villages on either side, and so public displacement was not required. However, 30 hectare would be needed for developing roads, he said.
The strategic advantage of the new location includes stable coastline, availability of 20 metre depth close to shore, road and rail connectivity, easy construction and expansion, besides, low environmental and social impact. On hassle-free transportation of goods, Jayakumar said that a flyover for 3.6 kilometre from the terminal would connect the NH7 and the railway track would be laid underneath the it, he added. Read More…
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