Vizhinjam port to impact fishing, damage beaches, says study

A Comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study on the proposed Rs 5,100-crore Vizhinjam international seaport near Thiruvananthapuram pointed out that there would be a permanent loss to the beaches and fishing grounds at Mulloor area, near the site, once the port is operational.

The report prepared by Hyderabad-based L&T- Ramboll Consulting Engineers Ltd, said any restriction to fishing activities in the marine areas up to 1.5 km from the shorelines of Nellikunnu and Mulloor areas would affect the livelihood of local fishermen.

The final report will be placed before the Union Ministry of Environment on July 29 for clearance.

The project will be developed in three phases, and is expected to be commissioned by 2016.

Full report here Business Standard


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