Chandy calls for amending Cabotage law
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.
For more news in Malayalam, click www.zeemalayalam.com
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Is Akhilesh Yadav overlooking Muslims as Mulayam Singh alleged?
- 24 dead after boat carrying 40 capsizes in river Ganga in Patna; many still missing
- My father wanted me to be a man of character: Navjot Singh Siddhu
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: What characteristics define a true leader?
- Tourists flock to Manali as snowfall takes a short break
- Abhishek Bachchan reveals the moment when Aishwarya Rai said 'yes' to him
- India vs England, 1st ODI: As it happened...
- India vs England, Pune ODI: MS Dhoni still the boss; convinces Virat Kohli with spot on DRS call — WATCH
- India vs England, 1st ODI: Ravichandran Aswhin steals the show with huge six — WATCH
- Petrol price hiked by 42 paisa per litre, diesel by Rs 1.03 a litre