The Six year old Colachel transhipment terminal project for which a
foundation stone was laid just before the last lok sabha elections in 2019 is
being revived as the Tamil Nadu assembly elections are round the corner with
VOC Port Tuticorin seeking an Expression of Interest from Port developers and
A signal to Sri
Lanka to hand over West Terminal to India Industry sources ask
Shipping industry sources here said this could also be a signal to Sri
Lankan government to persuade them to hand over the Colombo West Terminal at
favourable terms to our country.
The tender issued by the VOC Port authorites in Tuticorin announced the
intention of the Government of India to build a 6.5 million twenty food
equivalent TEU capacity transshipment hub in a place between Kovalam and
Keelamanakudi in Kanyakumari coast in three phases.
The investment required is of the order of Rs 27,570 crores to handle 127
million tonnes of cargo annually. Potential bidders have time until March 20 to
file their expression of interest
Kannyakumari Port Ltd, a Special Purpose Vehicle floated by V O
Chidambaranar Port Trust, Chennai Port Trust and Cochin Port Trust has been
tasked with helming the New port project
In July 2016, the Union Cabinet accorded in-principle approval for building
a new major port at Enayam (westward to Coalchel and located between Helen
Nagar and Melakurumbanai village) in Kanyakumari in three phases with an
investment of Rs 27,570 crores to handle 127 million tonnes (mt) of cargo a
But, following resistance from local fishermen groups, a new site closer to
Kanyakumari, nestled between Kovalam and Keelamanakudi villages, was identified
The new site does not have any fishermen villages; both Kovalam and
Keelamanakudi villages are about half a kilometer away from both sides. “There
will be zero displacement; nobody will be disturbed. Besides, no land
acquisition is envisaged for port construction,” said a government official
briefed on the plan.
Vizhinjam port has
The Maritime India Vision 2030 has prioritised Vizhinjam transhipment port
development in the short term (1-3 years) by extending support from Central and
state governments. Vizhinjam port has inherent problems in increasing the
capacity and hence a bigger port project is being attempted in the Kanyakumari
Only 25 per cent of Indian cargo transhipment is handled by Indian ports
resulting in $80-100 per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) higher cost to
exporters and importers for routing their containers through hub ports such as
Colombo, Singapore and Jebel Ali.
But the government of India has lacked the political will to implement the
project said a shipping industry source. The UPA government had weathered the
storm from the same set of fishermen to implement the Kudungulam Nuclear power
project and also their expansion.
share of Indian cargo transhipped in Indian ports should be raised to over 75
per cent by 2030, if the Kanyakumari project took off.