The fishermen, affiliated with Thekkumbagam Jamaat in Vizhinjam, alleged discrimination in aid distribution and staged a protest.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh asked, “Has the prime minister elevated his close friends to the status of a super-state?”
The new port at Vizhinjam is a good beginning. Some estimates say India needs to ramp up its container cargo handling capacity almost 20 times by 2030
The biggest advantage of Vizhinjam is its strategic location. It is barely 10 nautical miles from the international shipping route that accounts for 30 percent of global cargo traffic.
As per reports, the company would invest Rs 5,000-Rs 6,000 crore each year in expanding its capacity with internal cash flow of about Rs 8,000 crore.
He also termed Pinarayi a hapless CM, who had to be content with inaugurating development projects launched in Chandy’s tenure.
Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan in a Facebook post emphasised the role played by Oommen Chandy and his government in making Vizhinjam port a reality.
The first ship comes to Vizhinjam at a time when the government is facing severe flak from the Opposition on the political front.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan unveiled the new name and logo of the port during a ceremony held here.
The Vizhinjam port is being constructed under the public-private partnership model and witnessed protests as fishermen in the area opposed the project, alleging that it could adversely affect them.
The project involves constructing a two-kilometre, four-lane road to connect the port with NH-66.
The court said that the conditions stipulated in the order are illegal.
Ports Minister Ahamed Devarkovil said that the first ship would be docked at the port by September and the project will be commissioned by next year.
The origin and meaning of Vizhinjam, the place’s name, like many other localities in the capital, has several theories.