MUMBAI, Dec 21 (AsiaPulse) – The Indian state of Kerala
plans to invite global engineering, procurement and
construction bids for the Rs 7,800 crore Vizhinjam Port by
March and expects the results of an environment impact
assessment (EIA) study on the project to be out by June, a top
state government official has said. “We hope to float a global EPC tender for the Vizhinjam port
project as early as March and also to get the EIA nod from the
Union Environment Ministry by June-July,” State PWD and Ports
Secretary Manoj Joshi said here.
The EIA is being conducted by a consortium of L&T-Ramboll
and Asian Consulting Engineers.
The EIA will assess the potential impact of the project on
marine life and ecology, among other environmental issues.
Joshi also said Aecom, the global firm roped in as a
consultant on the project, will reach the port site anytime now
for an inspection. This inspection will be crucial in floating
the global EPC tender.
Joshi was here as part of a delegation led by the State PWD
Minister V K Ebrahim Kunju to study concrete roads in the
Kunju said his government will convert the 25-km
Seaport-Airport Road in Kochi into concrete and expressed hope
that work could begin before the monsoon.
Earlier this month, the Foreign Ministry had given a green