The second phase of the anti-Vizhinjam Port agitation has begun with the release of the report of the Janakeeya Padana Samithi (JPS).
A soon-to-be-released extensive study on Vizhinjam port states that the projections are not in sync with the ground reality.
The ‘ship’ from China, which docked at Vizhinjam on October 15, carried a gantry crane to handle containers for the under-construction port.
In a setback for Adani, the MoEFCC has asked the Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd to conduct the hearing before going ahead with phases II and III of the project.
Minister Ahammad Devarkovil said the permit for the workers of the ship was delayed due to technical reasons.
At the event to celebrate the berthing of the first ship at Vizhinjam port, there was a competitive bid to stake a claim for the success of the project that would begin commercial operations in May 2024.
On June 24, Lanco Kondappally Power, which won the bid to construct the port, formally told the Kerala government that it was not interested in taking up the project.
The Chinese ship Zhen Hua 15 carrying cranes from China was given a water salute by the tug boats which pulled the vessel into the wharf.
When the port becomes fully operational by 2027, it will be capable of handling 30 lakh containers a year.
Vizhinjam also has the honour of being the country's first automated port.