Letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Sri. Narendra Modiji,

I write this with a deep concern over the future prospects of the ongoing Vizhinjam Port Project in Thiruvananthapuram in the wake of the recent decision of Government of India to accord sanction for the Colachel (Enayam) port project in Tamil Nadu.

The Vizhinjam port, which has been a dream project of our State for decades, has now become a reality thanks to the sincere support from Government of India. As a matter of fact, the Government of India has even sanctioned the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) to the tune of Rs. 800 crores considering the importance and relevance of the project to the State and the Nation. The project estimated to cost Rs. 7500 crores with the involvement of both the Central and the State government is an excellent example of Public Private Partnership model. Despite its technical challenges the project is moving ahead of the time-lines proposed. I take this opportunity to reaffirm my Governments steadfast commitment to complete the project.

The development of Colachel (Enayam) port in Tamil Nadu, which is hardly 30 kms away from Vizhinjam has raised some serious concerns among the people of Kerala. The very basis that made Government of India sanction VGF assistance to Vizhinjam Project dwelling on the viability status is also applicable to Colachel as well. The further points of concern that come to the fore are as:

(a) Both the Ports would be handling business of a similar nature, leading to unhealthy competition and wasteful expenditure.
(b) When Vizhinjam port project was sanctioned, the Ministry of Shipping had initially opposed the proposal stating that it may affect the viability of Cochin Port, which is about 250 kms away. By the same logic, constructing a port within 30 kms of Vizhinjam does not appear logical.
I recollect with happiness your gracious approach and whole-hearted commitment towards the emergence of infrastructure and other developments in my State, during our meeting in New Delhi on the 28th of May 2016. I sincerely hope that you will address our concerns on the Vizhinjam port project in a very positive manner.

Yours sincerely,

Pinarayi Vijayan

Shri. Narendra Modi
Honble Prime Minister of India
New Delhi