The development of the Galathea transshipment hub at Great Nicobar will not affect the enhancement of VOC Port Trust into a transshipment hub port, said TK Ramachandran, secretary of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, while launching the new logo of VO Chidambaranar Port Authority during a function at the port estate.
The Outer harbor project of VOC port was cleared by the Union cabinet and the Loksabha in 2014 but the ports ministry had put the project in back burner for the past eleven years."
The outer harbour project, which is dubbed as the container transshipment hub, will be implemented for sure since the country needs one on the east coast
When asked about the container transshipment port at Galathea being prioritised, even as the container transshipment hub at VOC port remains an announcement, Ramachandran said both the projects are being implemented simultaneously, and the development of a port at Galathea will not affect the proposed VOC port container transhipment hub. "Further, the union shipping ministry will implement offshore windmill projects in Thoothukudi and Gujarat. In the first phase of the project, 500 MW facilities will be installed. The project is in the bidding stage," he said.
VOC Port chairperson (in-charge) Bimal Kumar Jha, Board Member V Satyanarayanan, Deputy Conservator Captain Praveen Kumar Singh, Senior Deputy Secretary Vidya, and Traffic Manager R Prabakar were present on the occasion.