Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has
worked out a comprehensive development programme for ports and
coastal shipping by linking ports and in-land waterways,
Minister for Ports K Babu told the assembly today.
As part of the programme, 17 small and medium ports would
be integrated along with Vizhnijam and Vallarupadam Container
Terminal in Kochi to improve the cargo movement through state
coast, Babu said while replying to a calling attention.
Effort was to re-route the cargo transport through inland
ways and sea by maximum utlisation of these facilities, he
said. Kerala has a total coastal line of 590 KM and 205 km
According to an estimate, about 20,000 trucks carrying
cargo run through Kerala`s small roads daily. The plan was to
divert a portion of the truck transport by sea route, he said.
Steps had also been taken to modernise important ports in
the state, he added.
Development of port, coastal areas, taking up integrated
inland navigation projects and coastal protection were some of
projects underway, he said.
Kerala had also taken up with the Centre the need to amend
the Cabotage Law that deals with movement of ships from one
port to another in the country.
As per the existing rules, only ships carrying Indian flags
could transport cargo from one port to another in the country.