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Govt ensures support in sourcing rocks

 

Thiruvananthapuram | May 08, 2019: The state government has directed to expedite the process of getting clearances required for Adani Vizhinjam Port Private Limited (AVPPL), which is entrusted to develop and operate Vizhinjam international seaport, to operate mines in the state for sourcing boulders.

 

Taking stock of the current position with regard to the progress of the works for deep-water multipurpose port at a high-level meeting convened here on Tuesday, ports minister Kadannappally Ramachandran assured the AVPPL representatives that the government would provide maximum support for sourcing rocks required.

 

The meeting also raised the daily deadline for transporting rocks from the quarries (from where the Adani group is currently souring the rocks) from 2pm to 6pm, so as to increase the daily supply at site, which is currently 2,000-2,500MT. However, the meeting did not discuss the AVPPL’s earlier request for a 16-month extension of the December 2019 deadline (citing destruction by cyclone Ockhi) for commissioning the port.

 

The government sought from the AVPPL team, headed by CEO Rajesh Jha, details including the total requirement of rocks, the quantities to be sourced locally and from other states, and about specific plans for meeting the requirement. According to AVPPL, meeting any deadline depended on clearances required for operating 21 mines which are identified in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts.

 

Of the total requirement of 70 lakh metric tonnes of rocks for the completion of 3.1km breakwater, the company is planning to source 75% from local mines and 25% from the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Several of the mines identified are in the revenue land allotted to AVPPL, and the company has given applications for direct operation, while the rest are to be made operational in partnership with other private owners, where AVPPL will have a stake on 50% of the granites to be produced.

 

However, of the 21 applications the company submitted, starting from April 2018, only one has been able to secure an environmental clearance so far. Otherwise, the AVPPL is claiming good progress, including completion of several components including the 800m berth.

 

 

(Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/)