Kochi: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday called for amending the 48-year-old Cabotage law, which he claims, has blocked the foundation work of India`s first International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT) at nearby Vallarpadam.
"We have brought this issue to the notice of the Central government and Shipping Ministry. Only if the Cabotage law is amended, international vessels would come to the terminal," he said after laying the foundation stone for a Maritime University here.
"While there are no restrictions on foreign flag vessels transporting containers between Colombo and any Indian port, such vessels are not permitted to transport containers from Vallarpadam to another Indian port because of the existing Cabotage law in the country," he said.
Unless the law is amended, the ICTT will be less competitive as it will not be connected to other Indian Ports, Cochin port officials said.
"If the relaxation is not given, the ICTT would remain like any other container terminal and may not attract substantial volumes of transshipment business," an official said.