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Old June 7th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #21
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Ponnani cargo port project gets environment clearance

MALAPPURAM: The work of Ponnani cargo port project will begin within two weeks. It is expected to act as a big stimulus to the proposed Coimbatore-Palakkad industrial belt and will speed up all-round development of Malabar region.

Malabar Ports Private Limited (MPPL), the Chennai-based construction agency has received the clearance for the construction of the port from the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) two days ago and it has applied for the final 'Consent for Establishment' to the state.

S Venkattaraman of MPPL said the special committee appointed by the ministry recommended to grant approval for the port. The construction of the multi-crore project has been delayed for last several months, as the ministry has not officially sanctioned the project.

"We have to approach the state once again for the 'Consent for Establishment' of the port and expect that it would be granted by a special committee for the environmental clearance under the state government, within days," he said, adding that, there are no issues for starting construction during monsoon.

The port is being set up in 350 acres. In addition to the land owned by port department, 28.8 acres, which is owned by revenue department, has been handed over to ports department. It was after an environmental impact study, the special committee under ministry of environment recommended for the final approval for the project.

The deputy director of ports department Hari Varrier said MPPL will announce the date of the inauguration of the construction soon.In September 2012, state signed an agreement with MPPL for the construction of the port at an estimated outlay of Rs 763 crore for the initial phase. The port is proposed to be developed as an all-weather port. It will have both rail and road connectivity between Thirunnavaya and Ponnani for the smooth movement of cargo to hinterland destinations.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 02:48 PM   #22
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Kollam-Kottapuram national waterway III widening a non-starter

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An ambitious move to extend the Kollam-Kottapuram national waterway III on both sides, may remain a non-starter.

Though the project was found technically and financially feasible, chances for its implementation in the near future are less as the waterway is yet to be commissioned.

It was based on a request from the state government that the Inland Water Authority of India (IWAI) undertook a review and techno-economic feasibility study for extension of national waterway III from Kollam to Kovalam in the south and Kottapuram to Kasargod in the north. The National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC), which carried out the study, submitted its report about two months back giving the green signal, while pointing out difficulties at some points.

According to the study, extension of NW-III is feasible though there are certain difficulties at some points like in Vadakara. Some bridges may have to be re-constructed at some places for the project”, said NATPAC director B Sreedevi.

Though the extension could be feasible, the project may not take off as the 205 km long Kollam-Kottapuram national waterway is yet to be commissioned. The IWAI authorities are of the view that unless the state government takes up the initiative, extension of NW-III may not take place soon.

“As of now, we are not in a position to think about the extension, as the original project is yet to be fully operational. Though a feasibility study has been carried out, implementing the same is not part of our current agenda. Nor have we set any time frame for the same,” said IWAI director N Sivaraman.

Recently, the IWAI informed the state government that the waterway would be commissioned by November this year.


However local opposition has proved to be a major hindrance for the same, the official said.

Now, extension of NW-III could become a reality only if the state government intervenes to ensure speedy commissioning of the original proposal.
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It is a shame that in spite of Kerala being blessed with navigable inland waterways, we have not yet tapped the potential and used it for diverting at least 20-30 % of cargo movement through the waterways. This would have definitely helped in reducing congestion and traffic in the already choked 2 lane highways at least to an extent.

Here politicians are interested only in unveiling the proposals, and laying foundation stones with great hype, pomp and fanfare... But nobody has the willpower or determination to see to that the project is implemented in time...
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Old September 11th, 2013, 01:08 PM   #23
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KANNUR: The Inland Navigation Division here is looking to complete the first phase of the waterway project by March 2015 despite opposition from various quarters against land acquisition for digging new canals to connect the water bodies.

Officials said the first phase would involve the 17.68-km stretch between Vadakara and Mahe, connecting the Moorad and Mayyazhi rivers. Work on three of the total five reaches in this stretch is progressing, said Sheeba B, director, Inland Navigation Division.


The work is being done as per national waterway standards with a low-tide depth of 2.5 metres.

Though the estimate is Rs 125 crore, officials hope that the actual expense would be less and the savings could be used for the remaining stretches.

Sheeba said the nearly 70-km Neeleswaram-Kakkad stretch in the district could be made navigable as per the state waterway standards in 2015 as the work has progressed considerably.

"However, there is a bottleneck at Kattampally along a 100-metre stretch that is just six metres wide and we are planning to take a deviation from there and build a regulator-cum-bridge, to which the higher officials have agreed in principle," she said.

However, the official said it would be a herculean task to develop the entire waterway as per the national waterway standards, as it would entail 32-metre-wide canals as against the state standards of 14 metres.

"It will be difficult to ensure 32 metres width at many places where the canal is built. Our aim is to ensure state standards now; at the same time, we will ensure national standards in stretches where the canals are to developed," Sheeba said.

The project, envisaged in 1964, had got off only in 2004. Once completed, it will include the Kovalam-Kollam (74 km), Kollam-Kottapuram (168 km) and Kottapuram-Neeleswaram (348 km) stretches.

Land acquisition issues had affected the work in many areas. Between Mahe and Kakkad, there are three uncut portions where such issues had stalled the work.

"Our aim is to evict the least number of people and take a deviation wherever necessary to reduce the inconvenience to people. However, we have sought the help of people's representatives to solve the issue," Sheeba said.

Jaffer Shereef, assistant executive engineer in Kannur division, said the project could change the face of tourism in Malabar region besides easing the cargo traffic. "However, many people are not aware of the advantages," he said.
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Six years after its commissioning, the 205-km Kollam-Kottappuram National Waterway III remains grossly underutilised.

Back in 2007, while inaugurating NW III, the then Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan had spoken of steps being taken to make Kovalam-Neeleswaram waterway operational in two years. This was to be done by developing the State’s waterways beyond NW III.

A host of issues

However, even NW III is not fully navigable because of a host of regional issues. And, hundreds of lorries continue to ferry goods through Kerala’s notoriously congested national highways even as water transport remains a cheaper and more energy-efficient alternative. As a result, the waterway and nine terminals built in the Kollam-Kottapuram (located in Thrissur) route by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) are lying idle.

A senior IWAI official said over 20 years since work began, NW III was not fully navigable because of a few persistent hiccups. “Steps are being taken to surmount them, but the State government must be proactive so that the waterway is navigable within a few months.”

Over a year ago, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had announced that NW III would be opened to boats ferrying bulk cargo and passengers by December 2012. The announcement was repeated a few months ago, of the waterway being made navigable by 2013-end.

The main hurdle is opposition to dumping of slush dredged out from water bodies. As per norms, NW III must have a two-metre depth and 32-metre width so that even huge barges that transport 600 tonnes of goods may safely use them. “Land owners on either side welcome depositing of sand on their premises, but are opposed to depositing of slush,” sources said.

IWAI officials are peeved that unlike other parts of India, they have to hold frequent discussions with stakeholders, including land owners and local body representatives to go ahead with dredging and allied works, especially in places such as Chavara and some parts of Kuttanad.

“Fishing nets erected illegally on water bodies too stifle the movement of boats,” they said. A compensation of up to Rs. 1 lakh per net was handed over. But newer nets are propping up at many places to claim compensation.

Ammonia transport

The situation is better in Kochi, where dredging has resumed at Thevara after a four-year gap to transport ammonia to Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd (FACT). The district administration and local bodies were cooperating since they were aware of the danger posed by lorries transporting ammonia, LPG, fuel and hazardous chemicals through busy roads, sources said.

Dredging and bank-protection works are under way at many places in Kuttanad. “Here too, dumping the dredged material is tough since paddy fields dot either side of the waterway,” they said.

Barges, ro-ro (roll on, roll off) vessels that transport lorries laden with goods, and boats of different types would have begun through NW III by now, but for inadequate political and administrative will in speeding up the pace of works.

Of late, the IWAI has been getting enquiries from, among others, Kerala Tourism and KTDC, to use its nine terminals in the State as berthing points for tourists. This follows a spate of fatal accidents at unsafe boat jetties.

Coastal waterway

On how NW III would complement the State government’s coastal waterway project, an IWAI official said the agency had entrusted a firm with the task of designing a vessel that could carry bulk cargo through both the waterways. This synergy is crucial to transport goods in an economical and eco-friendly manner.

Efforts are also required to link regional navigable canals (feeder canals) with NW III so they too can be used to transport goods and people. After years of neglect, the work on developing NW III got an impetus following a speech by the then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in the State Legislative Assembly that Kerala needed ‘smart waterways’ to usher in economic growth.

Lorry lobby

The allegation is rife that the “lorry lobby” is instigating protests to stifle the development of NW III and coastal waterway, since shifting to cheaper, safer and eco-friendly water transport will affect their business.


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Old September 25th, 2013, 07:50 PM   #25
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It is high time to develop chettuva port.
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The parliamentary standing committee on transport has called for coordination between the Centre and Kerala Government to make the National Waterways 3 navigable for the benefit of both cargo movement and tourism development.

The 205-km waterways from Kottappuram to Kollam has great potential for cruise tourism, cargo shipment, linking ports and international steamer service. The authorities should strive to reap all the potential revenue sources anticipated with the waterways, the committee observed.
Pressure on roads

The panel headed by Sitaram Yechury pointed out that a substantial chunk of the traffic from the road can be diverted to waterways once it become navigable, thereby reducing the congestion on highways. Kerala is facing acute road connectivity problem and the construction of national highways is not coming up to desired levels.

In this situation, if the waterways are cleared it could considerably reduce the pressure on the roads, the committee noted.
Tourism potential

Likewise it is essential to expedite the NW 3 development to connect mainstream tourism destinations and circuits in various stretches of waterways.

Backwater experience is one of the most sought after tourism products in Kerala. However, the southern side of Alappuzha has been not tapped fully linking it with mainstream tourism destinations. Especially the Kodungallur - Muziris area which needs to be well connected by the waterways and necessary development works needs to be taken up, the committee said.

As the development of cargo terminals along the waterways are progressing well, there is a need to give adequate publicity to the advantages of moving containers so that it can regain the container volumes. The terminals also need to be equipped to handle all types of cargoes.
Dredging

The panel also urged the Shipping Ministry to give expedite the dredging work as it is essential for waterways development. It is pointed out in the report that the dredging and widening work has been hampered due to resistance by local fishermen by placing their nets in the fairway.

Besides, the problems pertaining to the disposal of dredged material on the banks of canal without raising the local sentiments also needs appropriate solution, the report said.
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Vadakara - Mahe Canal

Work in progress of the much awaited missing link of Pan Kerala waterway. And the much awaited one... The Vadakara- Mahe Canal



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Kerala spots 8 areas for port development
November 20, 2013

The Kerala government has identified eight areas for the development of ports in the state and sought urgent aid from the Union government for the ports development. The State Fisheries and Ports Minister K Babu highlighted the issues at the 15th meeting of Maritime State Development Council (MSDC) in Bangalore recently. The first in the list that deems the Centre’s urgent attention is to relax duties and VAT on bunker oil supplied to coastal shipping projects. Babu also requested a full service tax exemption to coastal shipping. He urged the Centre to consider vessels used for coastal shipping as infrastructural facility like ports and waterways and thus extend the benefit to coastal ships. The Minister requested the Union government for the 40 per cent subsidy support for building river sea vessels and coastal vessels and relaxation in cabotage law for non-major ports of Kerala till adequate tonnage and regular coastal services are available there or for three years.
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Govt to expand 6 minor ports to up cargo transport
November 12, 2013

By 2015, the Kerala government has chalked out an action plan to shift 20 per cent of road cargo movement to coastal shipping. The State government would expand 6 minor ports to enhance coastal shipping services in the first phase. The government said that seven per cent of the total cargo movement is through coastal shipping. The six ports include Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kodungalloor in Thrissur district, Beypore in Kozhikode district and Azheekal in Kasargode district, Minister for Shipping and Ports K Babu has said. Through four ports - Vizhinjam, Kollam Beypore and Azheekal, coastal cargo movement is being carried out presently. The government will soon prepare a detailed plan for renovation and modernisation of these six ports to berth large ships.


Is Vizhinjam also clubbed with other 5 ???
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November 12, 2013

By 2015, the Kerala government has chalked out an action plan to shift 20 per cent of road cargo movement to coastal shipping. The State government would expand 6 minor ports to enhance coastal shipping services in the first phase. The government said that seven per cent of the total cargo movement is through coastal shipping. The six ports include Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kodungalloor in Thrissur district, Beypore in Kozhikode district and Azheekal in Kasargode district, Minister for Shipping and Ports K Babu has said. Through four ports - Vizhinjam, Kollam Beypore and Azheekal, coastal cargo movement is being carried out presently. The government will soon prepare a detailed plan for renovation and modernisation of these six ports to berth large ships.


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Chettuva Port will be commissioned in coming january
the construction of Kodungallur Port will start soon
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Another great news from TUDA.
guys, this is very good project if it is implemented. It will boost tourism in thrissur district. Good effort from Radhakrishnan sir..
Let us pray to the god to open the eyes of Oommen to this project
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Govt to develop only national waterways for now

The Union Government undertakes development and regulation of only those waterways which are declared as National Waterways. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha the Minister of Shipping GK Vasan said that it is the responsibility of the respective State governments to develop any other waterways. Waterways that are being developed as National Waterways (NWs) presently are: (1) Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system (Allahabad-Haldia-1620 km) in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal as NW-1, declared in 1986. (2) River Brahmaputra (Dhubri-Sadiya-891 km) in the state of Assam as NW-2 declared in 1988. (3) West Coast Canal (Kottapuram-Kollam) along with Udyogmandal and Champakara Canals – (205 km) in the state of Kerala as NW-3 declared in 1993. (4) Kakinada-Puducherry Canals along with Godavari and Krishna rivers (1078 km) – in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry as NW-4 declared in 2008. (5) East Coast Canal integrated with Brahmani river and Mahanadi delta rivers (588 km) in the states of West Bengal and Odisha as NW-5 declared in 2008. The minister said that the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is developing the first three National Waterways for shipping and navigation by providing a navigational channel with targeted depth & width for most part of the year.
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Vadakara- Mahe Canal - Updates

Now this is the time, when we say something is happening...

The quoated images are taken on September 21st, 2012, 03:11 PM.. and this is how it looks like now..

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The widening and dredging process is on...

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As seen from Kottapally bridge

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Status of Vadakara - Mahe Canal as seen from Kanninada bridge. You can see the visible changes when compared to the old post dated almost a year back. The photos are taken from the same spot.









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Don't know why I missed this thread earlier.
The transformation is quite amazing.
Hopefully there will be well built embankments.
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This is a great project for Kerala and especially for Kollam as the district is criss-crossed with wide and large water bodies. If this project is implemented there will major towns and business hubs emerge on the waterbody banks. In Kollam, Karunagapally, Neendakara, Mayyanad, and Paravur has great potential to become major cargo hubs...apart from Kollam city which has a big port and inland waterway terminal ay Ashramam.

Hope Modi government will give priority to this project especially the stretches in Kerala where NW-3, Kollam - Kottapuram, is in a neglected stage despite potantial for cargo and water transport.

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KOCHI: Kottapuram-Kollam stretch of the National Waterway III, which remained unfinished for the past two decades, is now almost ready. This 205-km long vital transport infrastructure was declared a national waterway way back in 1993, but its work was inordinately delayed at small stretches in areas like Chavara following local protests and dredging-related issues.

"Now the waterway is almost navigable in one lane and it will become fully operational by October. We are trying to make it two-lane waterway and have written to the state government for land," said Inland Water Authority of India (IWAI) chairman Amitabh Verma over phone from Delhi.

V J Kurien, secretary of Kerala irrigation department, said the waterway would be formally declared open in November. "It is nice to know the waterway has become navigable and we will soon be implementing the already worked out plans to utilize it to the maximum extent possible," he said.

The director of state ports department P I Sheik Pareeth said efforts are on to connect the inland waterway to sea routed in areas like Kollam and Kottapuram. Steps are being taken to develop the required infrastructure for this in these ports, Pareeth said.

Sources at IWAI's local office said single-lane navigation would be required only in limited stretches extending to just a km, and two-lane movement of vessels would be possible in most areas of the waterway that have a depth of two metres.

According to B G Sreedevi, director of National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (Natpac), barges carrying a cargo between 350 tonnes and 500 tonnes can sail through the waterway with a two-metre depth.

Experts say an optimal mix of road, rail and inland water transport (IWT) will provide an efficient transport infrastructure with flexibility and cost effectiveness for a state like Kerala that has long waterways and coastline. "While the thrust so far has been in developing road and rail sectors, there is an urgent need to actively promote the IWT sector so that it takes a reasonable share in the inter-modal distribution of traffic," said T Elangovan, a Natpac scientist.

Pointing out that only less than 1% of the traffic in the state is moving through waterways, he said it was a realistic to attempt to shift 17%-25% of the road traffic to IWT over the next couple of years. IWAI, however, said that no barges have come forward so far to take cargo through the waterway.
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