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Vizhinjam port to commence by September: Kerala CM

The seaport project was stopped for four months last year after the Latin Catholic church and fishermen’s community allegedly disrupted the construction, alleging it triggered massive coastal erosion that will take away their dwellings and livelihood.
Efforts are on to finish the construction of Vizhinjam international port quickly and bring the first ship by September this year, said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday.
The CM was responding to a question raised by Neyyattinkara MLA K Ansalan.
Speaking in the legislative assembly on Friday, the CM said the project will be a game changer for the state as major cities and business centres have come around such mother ports around the world.
“We are planning to bring the first ship to the port by September. Work is going on a brisk pace and serious attempts are being made to realise this,” he said, adding with the commissioning of the port, an industrial corridor will be developed in south Kerala.
“It will usher in development in the area. The government is planning to develop industrial parks, logistic centres and many other projects and it will give employment opportunities to many youngsters,” the CM added.

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