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Old July 18th, 2011, 08:15 AM   #21
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Kerala government sought revised feasibility report for Azhikkal port


The Kerala government has sought a revised detailed feasibility report from the consultant for the development of Azhikkal port in Kannur district.

The Kerala government has asked Deloitte India Ltd, the consultant, to revise the earlier DFR in the light of reluctance on the part of investors to participate in the tendering process under the existing conditions contained in the proposal. The re tendering process will begin soon after the Government receives the revised report.

The global tender floated a few months ago to rope in a private partner for the project had attracted a lone bidder, Mundra Port and SEZ Ltd, which had its eyes on a coal based mega thermal project proposed to be set up in the region.

The coal was to be brought in from Orissa through the port and with the prospects in view, Mundra Port had raised the project outlay from around INR 760 crore to over INR 3,000 crore. But the government later decided to abandon the coal based project and Mundra Port lost interest in the port.

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Aslesh, I think they cannot leave it as it is for ever. Once the coast guard academy is completed, I do believe that there would be some positive movement in the case of Azheekkal port also.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 01:41 PM   #23
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Port project moves ahead; forum formed

KANNUR: In an effort to speed up the process of the proposed Azhikkal port here, a 65-member committee under the chairmanship of K Sudhakaran MP was formed on Tuesday.The meeting to discuss the actions to be taken to realise the ambitious project was chaired by K Sudhakaran and attended by various political party leaders and businessmen.

P Karunakaran, MP, and nine MLAs from the district, except A P Abdullakutty and T V Rajesh have been named the patrons of the committee, as both these MLAs are the vice chairmen of the committee. District Panchayat president K Sarala and representatives of various political parties are the members. North Malabar Chamber of Commerce (NMCC) president Mahesh Chandra Baliga is the treasurer of the committee while K M Shaji, MLA, will be the convener. The committee will hold its first meeting on September 24. On the same day an expert committee under Admiral K Mohanan AVSM (Retd) would be formed.

On September 28, a delegation will meet chief minister Oommen Chandy and port minister K Babu to discuss the future course of action. In the meeting various suggestions were made to make the port a reality and all those participated in the meeting suggested that there should be a joint effort to realize the dream.

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All party committee formed for Azhikkal will meet the chief minister today. They are seeking central assistance for Azhikkal port. Proposal is to develop south bank as commercial port and north bank(mattool) as port for navy and coast gaurd.

Existing warf is 1.5 kms inside from estuary. Dredging is difficult here. Whereas 10-13 metres depth is available near the fishing harbour. Suggestion is to move thee fishing harbour inside and use the current location of fishing harbour to develop the commercial port.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 07:44 AM   #25
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Old September 28th, 2011, 08:26 AM   #26
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All party committee formed for Azhikkal will meet the chief minister today. They are seeking central assistance for Azhikkal port. Proposal is to develop south bank as commercial port and north bank(mattool) as port for navy and coast gaurd.

Existing warf is 1.5 kms inside from estuary. Dredging is difficult here. Whereas 10-13 metres depth is available near the fishing harbour. Suggestion is to move thee fishing harbour inside and use the current location of fishing harbour to develop the commercial port.
This is similar to what I was saying. When I meant, outer harbor is that it should be located at a place which is downstream of existing harbor/close to the sea coast with new breakwater facilities. From this satellite imagery, we can see that the fishing harbor is located inside a lagoon, a sort of protected harbor not directly affected by silting due to the river, and is a bit more closer to sea.

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That is not called outer harbour. In that case Vallarpadam will also be called outer harbour. The proposed outer harbour in Kochi is on the western side of puthu Vypeen.

Here the suggestion is to move cargo port to the fishing harbour which is close the sea. The existing wharf is around 5 kms from river mouth where as the fishing harbour is nearly 2 kms only. More depth is available there but it is not consistent throughout. Dredging is still needed but will be less costly since the length of the channel will be less. Silting will be there throughout the estuary but only a smaller portion needs to dredged now if fishing harbour is converted.

Any way the whole river bank from fishing harbour to the existing port was included in KINFRA master plan.

So this is not a new proposal. Just the take over of fishing harbour has to happen sooner to reduce the initial dredging cost. Fishing harbour doesn't need much depth. For future development it has to be dredged further inside but now we need to reduce initial cost to make project viable.
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That is not called outer harbour. In that case Vallarpadam will also be called outer harbour. The proposed outer harbour in Kochi is on the western side of puthu Vypeen.
I know that it is not outer harbor. I used the term 'similar to' for that. That is what I said, when I meant outer harbor, here, it should be location near to sea coast with new breakwater facilities.

I know in the proposed Kochi outer harbor will be located west of Puthuvypeen.

Anyways, dredging a place inside artificial harbor unaffected by any silting due to any rivers, say 8 meter is better that dredging it to 8 meters on the course of a river, right? This is what I said in the case of Azhikkal. here, what I was trying to say that fishing harbor, since it is located inside a shelter lagoon, is not much affected by the silting sue to the river.

But if a bigger port is planned, along the banks of Valapattanam river, thhis problem of silting is again likely to happen right?
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You mean the that small water body with fishing boats? That is articificially made from a wet land near the river. If you take google earth you can see another similar wetland near to it. That is too small and won't be suitable for ships. They are not making boat jetties no? The size of the ships expected in intermediate port you can see in the last page of Kollam port thread.
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You mean the that small water body with fishing boats? That is articificially made from a wet land near the river. If you take google earth you can see another similar wetland near to it. That is too small and won't be suitable for ships. They are not making boat jetties no? The size of the ships expected in intermediate port you can see in the last page of Kollam port thread.
May be, the way I am explaining my point is causing confusion. I am saying, Azhikkal port should be developed similar to how the proposed Ponnani port will be developed. The facilities will be coming upon at a location not on the course of the river, but on the sea coast protected by breakwater. Suppose the port is planned for say, 12m depth. Once the port is developed to 12m depth, then maintenance dredging required in such a case will be less compared to a port dredged to 12m depth located on a river course, because due to the flow, river brings sediments along with it.

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The situation at Ponnani is different from Azhikkal, Beypore or even Kochi. Bharathapuzha is mostly a dry stream now. So the estuary too shallow and it's not suitable for a port. A company came forward to build a port there. They are going to build a 5 km long channel in the sea itself and two breakwaters. It's a huge risk and might cost atleast 1000 crores initially(750 crores was old estimate). They are expecting to recover the cost soon since coimbatore is near.

That is not the case of Azhikkal. We don't have a city like coimbatore here to bring revenue to cover initial cost. Here breakwater is already in place. Also the river is already deep at some places. It needs to dredged only in the remaining part. If the port is moved to the location of fishing harbour it will reduce cost considerably. When port starts operation maintenance dredging can be done from port revenue.

Rivers brings sediments every where. Many of the ports around world are built on estuaries. Even most of the major cities around the world are situated near to estuaries. Also it's not just the river which brings sediments. Sea also does the same. Maintenance dredging will be needed for Ponnani also. But the cost will be lesser than those in estuaries.

Anyway they can think about outer harbour etc when its necessary to bring larger ships and they are able to bring such huge investments. Or if any company or central govt is ready to invest heavily in the initial stage they can widen the lagoon of the fishing harbour and use it for port. Then silting will be much less as you said. But it comes with additional initial cost.
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Land at Azheekal for ship-repair complex
KOCHI: Unable to provide land at Vizhinjam as desired by the Cochin Shipyard for setting up a ship-repair complex, the state government may soon come up with a proposal offering land for the same at Azheekal in North Kerala. Highly placed sources in the Port Department said the government would soon begin discussions with the CSL officials in this regard.
“The state government could not provide the required land for the purpose at Vizhinjam. However, the government would be able to offer around 100-150 acres of land at Azheekal. The government has been seriously considering this option. Soon the state government officials will hold talks with Cochin Shipyard in this regard,” said officials with the State Ports Department. The government will� only provide land for the project. However, officials with the CSL said they have not been informed about the offer in Azheekal.
As part of its expansion plans, the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) had earlier submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the Kerala government for setting up a ship-repair-cum-maintenance complex at Vizhinjam near the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) project.� However the project didn’t move further as the government was not able to provide land.
The CSL prefers Vizhinjam for the shipyard/ship-repair-yard because of its proximity to the international port.� The proposed shipyard/ ship-repair complex, which will have world-class facility, is expected to give impetus to the country’s attempt to emerge as a major ship-building/repair hub in the region.
Meanwhile, Ports Minister K Babu maintained that the government was yet to finalise the matter.
“The Cochin Shipyard is interested in land at Vizhinjam. The availability of land is an issue. The Union Government has agreed to provide nod for a the development of a port and shipyard/ship maintenance complex project in the state. We have been considering various options including Azheekal. At present, we are in the process of finalising,” the Minister said. The state government is currently in the process of developing a couple of minor ports in the state.
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Good to see azhikal coming up. As per kerala govt long term plan, azhikal,beypore,kochi and kollam ports will serve regional needs. Azhikal will serve kannur kasargod as well as mysore.
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That's great if everything goes well!
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Land at Azheekal for ship-repair complex
KOCHI: Unable to provide land at Vizhinjam as desired by the Cochin Shipyard for setting up a ship-repair complex, the state government may soon come up with a proposal offering land for the same at Azheekal in North Kerala. Highly placed sources in the Port Department said the government would soon begin discussions with the CSL officials in this regard.
“The state government could not provide the required land for the purpose at Vizhinjam. However, the government would be able to offer around 100-150 acres of land at Azheekal. The government has been seriously considering this option. Soon the state government officials will hold talks with Cochin Shipyard in this regard,” said officials with the State Ports Department. The government will� only provide land for the project. However, officials with the CSL said they have not been informed about the offer in Azheekal.
As part of its expansion plans, the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) had earlier submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the Kerala government for setting up a ship-repair-cum-maintenance complex at Vizhinjam near the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) project.� However the project didn’t move further as the government was not able to provide land.
The CSL prefers Vizhinjam for the shipyard/ship-repair-yard because of its proximity to the international port.� The proposed shipyard/ ship-repair complex, which will have world-class facility, is expected to give impetus to the country’s attempt to emerge as a major ship-building/repair hub in the region.
Meanwhile, Ports Minister K Babu maintained that the government was yet to finalise the matter.
“The Cochin Shipyard is interested in land at Vizhinjam. The availability of land is an issue. The Union Government has agreed to provide nod for a the development of a port and shipyard/ship maintenance complex project in the state. We have been considering various options including Azheekal. At present, we are in the process of finalising,” the Minister said. The state government is currently in the process of developing a couple of minor ports in the state.
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/land-at-a...92-60-116.html
That is indeed a great news for North Kerala. It would be ideal to have the ship-building/repair hub in Kannur. This will make a Kannur a major port region apart from Kochi in Kerala. Moreover, the land acquisition will be relatively easy compared to the higly dense Vizhinjam or any other city based port regions. Lets hope everything goes well.
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It is just a proposal. I fear Cochin shipyard won't take up this offer since capital dredging is not done yet. According Deloitte project report 300 families resides in the south bank. Not all of them have to be rehabilitated but a portion of them will have to go.
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Cochin Shipyard officials visit Azhikkal port


P. Vinayakumar, Director (Technical) of the Cochin Shipyard, visited the Azhikkal Port here on Friday as part of an initiative to examine the technical aspects of the developmental potential of the port.

Mr. Vinayakumar was accompanied by K. Sasidharan, Technical Consultant of the Cochin Shipyard. Kannur MP K. Sudhakaran, North Malabar Chamber of Commerce president Maheshchandra Baliga, Kerala Textile Exports Organisation president C. Jayachandran, and retired Admiral Mohan, who heads the expert committee on Azhikkal port development, were present.

The longstanding demand for the development of the Azhikkal port got a fresh impetus when Azhikode MLA K.M. Shaji convened a meeting of the people's representatives and leaders of trade and commerce here recently to highlight the demand, and to exert pressure on the government.

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The proposal for developing the port as an intermediate port, on the private-public partnership mode, has been in the pipeline for many years.

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A 65-member committee chaired by Mr. Sudhakaran had been formed to take steps to expedite the necessary measures to make the proposal for port development into a reality.
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The proposed development of Azhikkal port here that has been hanging fire for several years now appears to set sail with renewed interest being shown by people's representatives and collective efforts towards this end.

The development of the Azhikkal port, located near the estuary of the Valapattanam river, is envisaged as linked with another proposal to develop a shipyard facility there. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Ports Minister K. Babu are understood to be fully convinced about the need to develop the port at Azhikkal into a full-fledged port. The latter, however, is said to have some reservations about the proposal to develop the ship repair complex at Azhikkal. Kannur MP K. Sudhakaran, who is the chairman of the committee formed to expedite measures aimed at the development of the port, will meet the Minister on November 8 to make a presentation on the feasibility of the development of the port and shipyard. Admiral (retired) K. Mohan, who heads the expert panel within the committee on port development, will accompany the MP for the presentation.

Azhikkal has been proposed for the development of the Cochin Shipyard's ship-repair-cum-maintenance facility. On October 28 last,

P. Vinayakumar, Director (Technical) of the Cochin Shipyard, visited Azhikkal to examine the feasibility of the proposal to set up the ship repair-cum-maintenance facility there.

“As far as the development of the Azhikkal port is concerned, the Chief Minister and the Ports Minister are fully convinced,” Mr.

Sudhakaran told The Hindu, when contacted on Monday. He said he had sought an appointment with the Minister on Tuesday to make a

presentation on the feasibility of the developing the port and setting up the shipyard facility.

Mr. Sudhakran said the Union government had already informed the State government that it would give the nod for developing a port in the State. It was for the State government to decide which port would be developed, he said adding that he was confident that the Azhikkal port had the potential to be developed into a full-fledged port. The details of the Central project in the pipeline were not yet clear, he said adding that even if the proposal was to develop the port as a PPP (private-public partnership) project, it would be acceptable as there were many investors willing to participate in the project.

Mr. Sudhakaran said the depth of the channel of the Azhikkal port was not a major problem as it now had a depth of 4 to 5 metres,

which could be increased by dredging for navigation of larger vessels. The sandbar at the mouth of the channel was a major hurdle. But the completion of the breakwater would clear the mouth of the sandbars.

Maheshchandra Baliga, president of the North Malabar Chamber of Commerce (NMCC), said people's representatives should pressure the government to expedite measures for the development of the port. He said the shipyard facility would be an added advantage as some vessels reaching Kochi could be diverted to Azhikkal. The Azhikkal port and the proposed shipyard facility would be catalysts for the development of the area, he added.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/...cle2606701.ece


Hope the MPs, MLAs., & Ministers and north malabar chamber of commerce can play more to get this done
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