Kollam-Kottapuram inland waterways to be ready by next March

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The Kerala Chief Minister, Mr Oomen Chandy. (file photo)
The Kerala Chief Minister, Mr Oomen Chandy. (file photo)

Work on Kollam-Kottapuram Inland Waterways, declared as National Waterways, is progressing and the Government expects to commission the stretch before March 31, 2013, the Kerala Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, informed the Assembly today.

Replying to a calling attention of Mr Kunhiramam (CPI-M) seeking steps to expedite the construction activities of the proposed National Waterways in the state, Mr Chandy said hurdles in construction due to issues related to land acquisition would be sorted out.

He said the main problem with regard to Kovalam-Kollam waterways was the tunnel at Varkalam and issues related to land acquisition. Efforts were on to settle the issues.

In the next phase, the Kottapuram (in Thrissur district) to Mangalore stretch would be taken up. Availability of funds was not a problem as it was a Centrally sponsored scheme, he said.

(This article was published on July 20, 2012)
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India being a peninsula being surrounded by 3 oceans and series of Fresh water rivers flowing freely ,its only imperative to focus and develop water channels for transportation and only benefit abundantly.
Govt federal and state should have active - direct ministry run by ex: major generals for strict implementation of all the water channels - follow Holland -england- Vietnam- china- japan -Europe and learn from others.
we are blessed , do not waste a single minute.
water is precious -use it well.we are gifted.
Let the people benefit and enjoy.
Introduce all kinds of water transport.
Look at Turkey- they have the channels well connected so neatly with ferries cruising day in and day out carrying the passengers so frequently and so clean and beautiful -
Europeans can do this area very well for India -give them a free hand -float a state owned co - with professional management run by ex: navy admirals.
for strict discipline and implementation- do not allow any babus - nethas.

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Posted on: Jul 21, 2012 at 01:18 IST
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