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Old September 16th, 2014, 09:05 AM   #41
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Kozhikode/Kollam will be part of this

ചൈനയുടെ സിൽക്ക് റൂട്ട് സമുദ്രവാണിജ്യത്തെ നേരിടാൻ പ്രോജക്റ്റ് മൗസവുമായി നരേന്ദ്ര മോദി സർക്കാർ; നെടുനാളത്തെ മൗനം വെടിഞ്ഞ് കടൽപ്പാതകളുടെ സംരക്ഷണത്തിന് ഇന്ത്യയുടെ ഇടപെടൽ

ആയിരക്കണക്കിനു വർഷങ്ങളായി ഇന്ത്യൻ നാവികർ ഉപയോഗിച്ചുവന്ന കാലവർഷക്കാറ്റിന്റെ ആനുകൂല്യം പറ്റിയുള്ള സമുദ്രവാണിജ്യം, ഇന്ത്യൻ മഹാസമുദ്രതീരത്തെ രാജ്യങ്ങളേയും സമൂഹങ്ങളെയും സാംസ്കാരികമായി കൂട്ടിയിണക്കുന്നതിൽ നിർണ്ണായകമായിരുന്നു. ഈ സ്വാഭാവിക പ്രകൃതിപ്രതിഭാസങ്ങളുപയോഗപ്പെടുത്തി വികസിപ്പിച്ച കടല്പാതകളെ പുനരുജ്ജീവിപ്പിക്കാനും അതുവഴിയുള്ള വാണിജ്യം പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കാനും ലക്ഷ്യമിട്ടാണ് "Project Mausam: Maritime Routes and Cultural Landscapes Across the Indian Ocean" എന്ന പദ്ധതി ഇന്ത്യ അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്നത്. വിദേശകാര്യ സെക്രട്ടറി സുജാത സിങ്, സാംസ്കാരിക സെക്രട്ടറി രവീന്ദ്ര സിംഗുമായി പദ്ധതി രൂപീകരണത്തിന്റെ വിശദാംശങ്ങൾ ചർച്ച ചെയ്തതായി അറിയുന്നു. ഇന്ത്യയുടെ സാംസ്കാരിക ബന്ധങ്ങൾ വിളക്കിയെടുക്കുക എന്നതിലുപരി തന്ത്രപരമായ പ്രാധാന്യമുള്ള നീക്കമായാണ് ഇത് വിലയിരുത്തപ്പെടുന്നത്. കിഴക്കൻ ആഫ്രിക്ക, അറേബ്യൻ തുരുത്തുകൾ, ഇന്ത്യൻ ഉപഭൂഖണ്ഡം, ശ്രീലങ്ക, ദക്ഷിണപൂർവ്വേഷ്യൻ ദ്വീപരാഷ്ട്രങ്ങൾ തുടങ്ങിയവ ഉൾപ്പെട്ട ബൃഹത്തായ സമുദ്രമേഖലകളെ കൂട്ടായി പരിഗണിക്കുന്ന പദ്ധതിയാണ് പ്രോജക്റ്റ് മൗസം.



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Old September 16th, 2014, 09:08 AM   #42
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Narendra Modi’s ‘Mausam’ manoeuvre to check China’s maritime might



NEW DELHI: As China's President Xi Jinping comes calling on Wednesday, India is all set to launch what is probably the Narendra Modi government's most significant foreign policy initiative for countering Beijing's growing influence in the Indian Ocean region.

Long accused of remaining a mute spectator to China's expanding interests in the region — and the astounding success of Beijing's "maritime silk road" proposal — India will soon launch its own Project Mausam, a transnational initiative meant to revive its ancient maritime routes and cultural linkages with countries in the region.

Titled Project Mausam: Maritime Routes and Cultural Landscapes Across the Indian Ocean, the project focuses on the natural wind phenomenon, especially monsoon winds used by Indian sailors in ancient times for maritime trade, that has shaped interactions between countries and communities connected by the Indian Ocean.

TOI has learned that foreign secretary Sujatha Singh held a meeting with culture secretary Ravindra Singh to discuss how to give shape to the project, garbed in India's cultural linkages but with a serious strategic dimension, in light of the Chinese emphasis on the maritime silk route.

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Old October 20th, 2014, 08:29 AM   #43
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National Waterway Extension Work in Doldrums

KANNUR: The completion of the proposed Kovalam-Manjeswaram national waterway has reached the state of a withering dream as the inland navigation officials are groping in the dark without being able to find alternative routes in some areas in Kannur and Kasargod districts where the alignment proposed earlier had to be abandoned as pressure mounted on them in the form of strong protests from public who were apprehensive of eviction.

In Nittur near Thalassery the protests of locals supported by MLAs Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and K K Narayanan was named Kanneer Canal. The wide support the protest could gain and the timely intervention of State Human Rights Commission compelled authorities to think of alternative routes but they could not succeed in their attempt even after a year. Apprehensions now loom large that the project would enter cold storage like the express way and high-speed rail projects.

Unlike peoples’ ire against lack of decent rehabilitation schemes that chiefly hit the other two projects, the staff shortage at the Inland Navigation Department and total inertia on the part of successive governments caused delay in tapping the passenger, freight and tourism potentials of the 590-km West Coast Canal system of the state connecting rivers, backwaters and canals. The 205-km Kollam-Kottapuram (Thrissur) stretch was declared national waterway III in 1993 but over two decades were not enough for the state to complete the proposed extension of the waterway to Kovalam in south Kerala and to Manjeswaram in north Kerala.

In Malabar, the work has been divided into three segments- Vadakara-Mahe, Mahe-Valapattanam and Neeleswarm-Manjeswaram. Valapattanam-Neeleswarm stretch had been made navigable a decade ago but little effort is taken to tap the abundant tourism potential of the route. The State Water Transport Corporation’s existing boat service failed to attract commuters or tourists owing to slow ride and lack of enough number of fit boats.

The officials say that inland navigation with national waterway standards would be achieved in the 220-km Payyoli-Majeswarm segment of north Kerala by March 2015, but the snail’s pace of work indicates the reverse trend. As the project has not yet been completed on the Vadakara-Mahe stretch, for which land was acquired as early as 1964 and `114 cr has been sanctioned so far, the extension of the route to Valapattanam and later to Manjeswaram remains a pipe dream owing to many hurdles. Apart from Mahe-Valapattanam stretch, the Inland Navigation Department is considering alternative routes on Neeleswarm-Kasargod stretch also as the existing NATPAC survey through the densely populated areas would obviously invite public resistance.

“The department policy is to ensure minimum expense for rehabilitation and hence the priority is to avoid cutting canal through populated land areas to the maximum,” Inland Navigation executive engineer Jaya P Nair said.

However, acute staff shortage at the Peelicode unit of the department has been delaying works, including survey and land acquisition in Kasargod. Of the total nine posts, eight remains vacant there. The engineers from Kannur carried out survey works in the absence of surveyors and overseers in Kasargod. The preliminary survey of the route connecting Chittari, Bekkal, Kalanad and Chandragiri rivers has been completed.

Meanwhile, the proposal for an office of the department at Vadakara to oversee works in Kozhikode district has not been materialised. The employees at Kannur division, which was provided enough number of staff only recently, had been struggling hard to attend the works in three districts. National waterway norms stipulate 33 metre width and 2.2 metre draft for a navigable route. A height of 7 metre from high-tide water should be ensured below bridges which necessitated rebuilding of several old bridges in Kozhikode and Kannur districts.

As tenders have been invited for six bridges in Vatakara-Mahe stretch the work on a new bridge was launched in Eranjoli River, Thalassery as part of the KSTP project without the horizontal and vertical clearance of the national water way. The inland canal would obviously hit a road block here but adding to the overall apathy of the government in the navigation project the officials remain idle and blame each other on lack of inter-departmental correspondence.

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Old March 26th, 2015, 09:10 PM   #44
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NW 3 inauguration

NW 3 and how many more from Kerala are in the list of 100 rivers ?

“NW III can be optimally used only if entrepreneurs deploy adequate number of barges to transport bulk cargo. Similarly, coastal shipping – an economical way of transporting bulk cargo in ships through the sea off Kerala coast — will get a fillip if entrepreneurs come forward to operate ships,

By adopting modern technology for bulk transport, we have brought down the transporting rate from Rs. 1,600/- per tonne in 2004 to just Rs 275 per tonne in 2014. Despite concerns raised by the Kerala High Court in 2011 following accidents involving fully loaded ammonia tankers, FACT continued to transport a huge bulk of its ammonia requirements through roads, he said

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Out of 101 inland waterway proposals, 10 are from kerala itself.

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The service, first of its kind in the country, to begin by month end

In a first in the country, the State government will introduce a high-speed hydrofoil ferry service, connecting Kozhikode and Kochi ports.

The project is to be launched on a pilot basis. Announcing the project at the inauguration of the Kozhikode Light Metro here on Friday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the service would begin this month. The hydrofoil, meant both for cruise and leisure, would take four-and-half-hours to cover the sea between the two ports, he said.

Although Mr. Chandy did not elaborate on the ambitious project, Director of Ports P.I. Sheikh Pareeth later told The Hindu that a Dubai-based NRI had evinced interest when the Department of Ports called for tenders a few months ago. The State Cabinet recently gave administrative nod for the service, he said.

“However we are unable to disclose the name of the company till the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) completes the process of converting the hydrofoil — which is Russia-flagged — into an Indian one. It is currently docked at Rotterdam port,” Mr. Sheikh said.

He said the government would facilitate operation of the two-way journey via the shipping channel from Kozhikode’s Beypore port to Kochi’s Marine Drive. “The company will have two ships including a standby. We have inspected the double-engine ships, each with a seating capacity of 130. The hydrofoil ships will be capable of speeds between 30 and 40 knots (one nautical mile is 1.852 km), so the distance could be traversed in four hours. The fare worked out is Rs.1,200 per passenger.

However, the government will give a subsidy of Rs.200 for each passenger in accordance with its policy of promoting inland and outland navigation. “The State government will subsidise each km travelled to the tune of Re 1 per passenger,” he said. Mr. Pareeth said tri-party agreements had been discussed with interstate tour operators to promote a tourism package for the hydrofoil service. A majority of them have agreed to take a minimum 30 per cent of the seats.

“After the success of the pilot project, the department plans to start a Thiruvananthapuram- Kochi service as well as a Thiruvananthapuram – Colombo service,” he added.

Based on the success of the project, there are plans to start a Thiruvananthapuram- Kochi service as well
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Any idea of min ticket range it will cost between Calicut and Cochin..

Idea is good to introduce water transport between Calicut-Cochin-Trivandrum...

But, I think it would better to introduce services like in western countries, where you could take your vehicles and park below deck of boat/ship whatever is called.. As people will be more interested to take new service compared to trains or road transport... where you get advantage of comfort , relax as well as small adventure... also you can use your vehicle when you reach the destination for travel..
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The fare worked out is Rs.1,200 per passenger.

I feel that's pretty ok rate considering the tourism potential.
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Cruise your way to Kochi from Kozhikode

These cruise ships would run services between Kochi and Kozhikode, and are expected to cover the distance in three hours. As many as 130 people can be accommodated in the boat that can travel at a speed of 60 km/hr. Ticket fare is likely to be Rs 1,000.







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Cruise your way to Kochi from Kozhikode

These cruise ships would run services between Kochi and Kozhikode, and are expected to cover the distance in three hours. As many as 130 people can be accommodated in the boat that can travel at a speed of 60 km/hr. Ticket fare is likely to be Rs 1,000.







Read more at: http://english.manoramaonline.com/ne...kozhikode.html

That's Great news,Our's would definetely be the best and beautiful waterways in the world in short time,along the National waterway 3 from kasaragod to kovalam, need to have advance ships,proper lightings/markings/clean boundaries, again well planned parking spots, hotels along the waterways..similar to European river cruises/waterways,
we may not have good expressways on roads till now but we will be proud of having not just 8 or 16 lane but 60 lane waterways..i mean wider and beautiful waterways in the world..

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Appears an excellant deal !

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Appears an excellant deal !

Better than flying between these cities considering checkin/checkout times of flights, and closer to city.

Only concern would be sea sickness.
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Better than flying between these cities considering checkin/checkout times of flights, and closer to city.



Only concern would be sea sickness.

Hydrofoils do not pitch like the traditional boats once they reach speeds and skim on the surface using their foils. The ride will be even and smooth. Only issue will be during rough weather.
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Does anybody have these information?

1. Are hydrofoil boats like hover crafts? Does it lift from the water surface while cruising?

2. Does the proposed services have stops in between?

3. Is a wharf in place at Kozhikode?

I think this service is a good idea. Environment friendly. Fun. No heart burn due to congestion like a highway. The service can be extended from TVM to Kasargode also.

The flip side is nobody is sure whether it would be viable. One high speed catamaran service started in nineteen ninetees between Goa and Mumbai shut the shop due to lack of patronage. There is a plan to revive it eyeing the tourists. Not the general public. Secondly the public in general are petrified at the idea of travelling in water. Any accident during rough weather could be disastrous, considering our track records in safety measures and disaster management. Thirdly it is a matter of concern how this speed boat will cruise through the highly crowded fishing and trawling activities in Kerala coasts. Will it cover and venture in to deep sea to avoid fishing activities? Fourthly if the scheme is extended through out Kerala coast with one stop at every district, the very idea of speed travel will be defeated. Unlike other mode of transport, boats take longer time to coast to a wharf and sail away from it. At each wharf it needs to take detour from deep sea to the shore and vice versa. Ultimately turning it in to a tourist attraction only. Not a mass transit mode for the public.

Please do not call me a nay sayer for pointing out the flip side. These are the doubts naturally bound to arise in each one of you.
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Are any trial runs planned for the hydrofoil service?

Haven't heard any news about it. Though I feel they will/should do the test runs without any media hype. So if any drawbacks are there, they can clear it and be ready for Onam inauguration.
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