Vizhinjam port runs into rough weather amid protests from fisher community

Members of the local community are at loggerheads over the impact of the Adani group's port project


Heavy coastal erosion on the northern side of the port and sea accretion (accumulation of sand) in the south after construction began

Shine Jacob Chennai
According to locals in Vizhinjam, 16 km south-west of Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram, the concept of a trans-shipment port in the area was floated way back in the 1990s. Since then, it took more than 15 years for work on the project to begin in 2015. Now, almost seven years later, construction work at the Adani Group’s Rs 7,500-crore project is stalled due to protests from the fisher community led by the powerful Latin Catholic Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram.

Protestors allege massive erosion along the shore, affecting their livelihood and lifestyle. The protests started on July 20, but the impact on the construction work began by mid-August after protestors shifted base to the main gate of the port. With this, the

First Published: Sep 19 2022 | 7:07 PM IST

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