Vallarpadam project: FACT land to be transferred to NHAI in 15 days

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New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) The Centre today settled the dispute between the FACT (Fertilizer and Chemicals Travancore) and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) over the transfer of the former's land to the latter to provide road connectivity to the multi-crore International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT) project at Vallarpadam in Kochi in Kerala.

A meeting, chaired by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar, reviewed the progress of implementation of the project, being executed by Dubai Ports. The Cabinet Secretary directed that the 10 acres of the land of the FACT should be handed over to NHAI within 15 days.

FACT would get a compensation package of Rs 20 crore for the land being transferred.

Kerala Chief Secretary P J Thomas assured the meeting that the rest of the land required for the project would be acquired and handed over within the course of this month.

As regards the land required for rail connectivity, the Cabinet Secretary requested the state government officials to expedite the process of handing over land.

Mr Thomas promised to hand over immediately the land from the northern stretch of the proposed railway line at Edappally. "This becomes essential as the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited has to start work at multiple locations in order to complete the project as per schedule," Mr Thomas told mediapersons after the meeting.

The meeting was convened by the Cabinet Secretary following a direction from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the light of a letter written to him by Shipping and Surface Transport Minister T R Baalu alleging delay on the part of the Kerala government in acquiring the land required for the road and rail connectivity.

The meeting was attended by Cochin Port Trust Chairman N Ramachandran, ERnakulam District Collector Mohammed Haneesh, Secretaries of Union Ministries of Shipping, Fertilizers and Road Transport and the NHAI Charman.

UNI

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