If everything goes right, Cochin International Airport will be the first airport in India which is going to have a water way connectivity to a major seaport. The state water resource minister Mr. P.J. Joseph, said while speaking on a function at CIAL said that the project will be commenced in the 100 day action plan of the government.
The project to connect the Airport to the High Court Jetty is expected an investment of 50 crores. The CIAL also expressed its willingness to participate in the venture by offering an investment of 3 crores. If this project is materialised it would enable an air passenger to to travel by waterways to the city, which can save both time and expense.
The survey conducted by the inland waterways authority of India, has divided the 49.5 kilometre waterway to three stretches. And in this the first part which is from the seaport to eloor, ia already a part of National Waterway -3 and needs no improvement. The second stretch from from eloor to kanjoor through river Periyar needs some up gradation works to be done including riverbank protection, deepening of shallow portions and installation for the concrete shallow posts etc. And the final part of 500 metres through the Chenkalthodu is the critical one ,which will interlink the airport with the river. Now the environmental impact study have given the green signal as this project will not pollute the drinking water source.
The project is expected to be completed in 18 moths and this will enable the CIAL to emerge as a significant cargo station which have an interconnected transport system through air land and water. So what do you have to say about this latest development ? Please give away your views through your comments