Vizhinjam Seaport Project: Land Acquisition Hurdle Solved

The Phase I of Vizhinjam Seaport project will be completed within two years although a four-year deadline has been fixed.

Finally, the state government has given the green signal to acquire the remaining land for Vizhinjam project.  The 30 acres of land in Vizhinjam and Kottukal villages will be used for construction of backup area, road connectivity and warehouse for the Vizhinjam International Sea Port Ltd.

The land to be acquired in Kottukal Village is for the development of warehouse and here 8 acres will be acquired. While at Vizhinjam Village 13 acres will be taken for the construction of the backup area. For road connectivity, an extent of eight acres will be acquired in Vizhinjam Village additionally.

The land will be used for constructing backup area, road connectivity and warehouse for the Vizhinjam International Sea Port Ltd.

The land will be taken over under Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.  The district collector in his letter dated January 1, 2016, had requested sanction for acquisition of a total extent of 30 acres of land in Vizhinjam and Kottukal Villages. The State Level Monitoring Committee had on February 4 approved the proposal and suggested to go for compulsory acquisition, wherever negotiation does not work and parties concerned demand exorbitant rates.

Meanwhile, VISL has already acquired 1.44 hectares of land here for the proposed seafood park to be set up as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility activities. The private multi-port operator entrusted to build the superstructure and operate the seaport is going ahead with the work as per schedule.

VISL has already acquired 1.44 hectares of land here for the proposed seafood park to be set up as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility activities.

The work on Vizhinjam Seaport which has been taken up by AVPL, the special purpose vehicle set up to execute the project will be completed within two years although a four-year deadline has been fixed.

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