Project Location

The port is proposed at Vizhinjam, 16 Kms away from Thiruvananthapuram, capital of State of Kerala. Kerala being the southern most state in India besetted by Arabian Sea. The proposed Vizhinjam port is just 10 nautical miles from the International Shipping Lane. The Vizhinjam port is endowed with a natural seawater depth of 20 m as close as one nautical mile from the seacoast. Due to this natural depth, Vizhinjam can attract the largest container vessels currently operating in, also the future mega container carriers. Site needs minimal capital dredging, the project cost and maintenance cost will be minimum.

The Vizhinjam port is a Greenfield port, away from urban/city limits, it can be master planned and shaped appropriately by a professional and experienced developer. The proposed site has minimal littoral drift and as such would hardly require any maintenance dredging during the years of operation.

The National Highways (NH-47-in use for years) and NH-47 Bypass are in close proximity (Bypass at 3 km & NH at 10 km) and national rail network is less than 12 km from the proposed port site. On one side NH-47 connects Thiruvananthapuram to Salem via Coimbatore and to Kanyakumari on the other side. At Kanyakumari, NH-47 would connect to the proposed North-South (N-S) corridor (between Kashmir and Kanyakumari) being implemented under National Highway Development Project (NHDP) of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). New alignment connecting Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari is also proposed by NHAI.

Advantages of the selected site:

  • Required water depths available close to the shore
  • Shoreline changes due to port development would be minimal
  • Very minimal Rehabilitation and Resettlement issues
  • Positive awareness towards project development
  • No diversion of rivers.
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