Master plan for Azhikkal Port
By A Special Correspondent
The Kerala government plans to engage a consultant to prepare a master plan for the development of Azhikkal Port with private participation. This port is one of the most important and ancient ports to the north of the state.
According to a study, the port has potential for exporting 2.2 lakh tonnes of goods and importing over 2 lakh tonnes annually. In addition, Azhikkal Port has potential for setting up facilities such as the possibility of a dry dock, ship repair facilities and a petroleum terminal.
The study has suggested approaching the ADB for meeting the fund requirements which could be to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore. On development, cargo could be shipped directly to Lakshadweep rather than depending on the major ports. The Lakshadweep administration has also shown interest in developing a wharf at the port at a cost of Rs 15 crore.