No one who loves country could object, says Kerala minister assuring Vizinjham port completion

The Ports Minister Ahamed Devakovil said the first ship would dock at the port during Onam next.

Published: 29th November 2022 01:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th November 2022 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

Kerala Fisheries minister V Abdurahiman

Kerala Fisheries minister V Abdurahiman

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state ministers attending the expert summit on Vizhinjam port assured the government would go ahead with the project, despite protests from the coastal community. The summit was conducted two days after the violent protest that left scores of people including policemen injured.
 
The Ports Minister Ahamed Devakovil said the first ship would dock at the port during Onam next. “The port is owned by the government and not Adani. The construction activities are carried out with minimal ecological damage and the coastal erosion is not due to the port,” said the minister.

Fisheries minister V Abdurahiman said the government would not backtrack from the project. “We have tried our level best to negotiate with the protestors. There is a limit to it. No one who loves the country could object to the port,” said the minister. He also said the profits from the port are not for the Chief Minister to take home.

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan could not inaugurate the event due to health issues, while Shashi Tharoor MP said he decided against attending the event as there was no formal invitation. Meanwhile, the protestors led by Latin Church are organising protests in the evening in connection with the fifth anniversary of the Ockhi disaster.

They blamed the government for not keeping the promises given to the families of the Ockhi victims. The government has deployed more policemen in the wake of violence. The Janakeeya Prathirodha Samithi (JPS), a group supporting the port project at Vizhinjam, is also organising a protest march on Wednesday.



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  • Rameswar Pattanayak

    Church getting involved in the issues of national interest are absolutely uncalled for. It is already embroiled for creating and sustaining a mechanism to convert Hindus of India. One more Christian is considered as one less Indian. Fuelling and encouragement of un-indianness has become a profession of non-hindu bodies.
    1 month ago reply
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