Ports Minister Ahamed Devarkovil stated here on Saturday that given the Vizhinjam international seaport’s importance to the country, the protesters, who are being led by the Thiruvananthapuram archbishop of the Catholic Church (Latin rite), should call off their strike and resume port operations. Even though about 30% of India’s cargo travels through the Vizhinjam international shipping channel, the Colombo port currently manages about 75% of all cargo travel.
The nation reportedly loses almost 2,000 crore per year. According to Mr. Devarkovil, once the Vizhinjam port is operational, it will be possible to transship cargo worth roughly Rs. 1,500 crores. If the two berths of 400 meters in the first phase of the port construction are operational, there will be a trade of at least ₹200 crore in the first year itself, he added.
When the first phase of the $7,700 million project is finished, the port will be able to handle one million TEUs of containers. This will spur growth and generate tens of thousands of job opportunities, transforming Thiruvananthapuram fundamentally. The Minister added that feeder vessels might transport Vizhinjam’s cargo to other minor ports within the State.