CPT to construct Rs32 crore terminal
Five hectares of land has been allotted to the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) to construct a dedicated terminal for Lakshadweep-bound passenger and cargo ships. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Port Trust and the Lakshadweep administration for leasing of the land and water frontage area for construction of the terminal.
About 10 passenger ships and several other cargo vessels ply between Lakshadweep islands and Cochin which are being anchored at different berths of Cochin Port due to lack of an exclusive berthing facility. The proposed terminal is expected to benefit Lakshadweep islanders who depend on the mainland about 185 miles away for essential commodities.
The proposed terminal will have a 300-metre-long berth, a passenger waiting hall of about 1,100 square metre, cargo storage area of about 400 square metre and a vehicle parking area. The Union government has accorded sanction for the project at an estimated cost of Rs32crore. Construction of the terminal will be carried out by the CPT as a deposit work and tenders will be invited for the same within a month. The project is expected to be completed by 2011.