Kochi: Prime minister,
Manmohan Singh, inaugurated two major development projects in Kerala on Wednesday
the International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT) and the second
stage of the National Thermal Power Corporation's Kayamkulam thermal power
station on Wednesday.
foundation-stone laying ceremonies for the two major projects were held at
Kochi and Kayamkulam in Alapuzha district respectively, but the theme of Dr
Singh's addresses on both occasions was that central investments in the state
were set to witness a jump in the coming years.
prime minister, who renamed NTPC's new power station as 'Rajiv Gandhi combined
cycle power project', announced plans to set up a re-gasification terminal
at Kochi at an investment of Rs2,300 crores, to provide the source of fuel
for the Kayamkulam plant. He said that the Gas Authority of India Limited
(GAIL) would, in association with the Kerala State Industrial Development
Corporation, study the feasibility of a gas cracker complex.
complex will be a global-scale plant requiring an estimated investment of
Laying the foundation stone for the Vallarpadom ICTT at the Kendriya Vidyalaya
ground in Willingdon Island in Kochi, Dr Singh said the project would be a
role model for private-public partnership, blending efficiently private sector
managerial efficiency and marketing acumen with public sector capital and
infrastructure planning. Kayamkulam is expected to be biggest LNG power plant
in the country.
said that the United Progressive Alliance Government gave maximum priority
to infrastructure development, including that of ports. Stating that the nation
proudly joined Kerala in celebrating its first global hub terminal, Dr Singh
said he was particularly happy to fulfil a long-standing promise on the project
that would change the future of the state.
Kayamkulam power station will add 1,950mw to its capacity. The investment
for this would be Rs6,600 crore. Dr. Singh highlighted the importance of the
plant for South India as a whole while addressing the state's problem of power
proposed gas cracker complex would be a model of partnership between two public
sector enterprises in launching a mega investment project. It would require
an investment of Rs7,000 crore to produce 6,00,000 tonnes of ethylene and
1,50,000 tonnes of propylene a year. It would provide direct employment to
500 people and indirect employment to thousands of people in small-scale ancillary
industries based on polymer plastics.
union government was considering the shipping ministry's proposal to provide
assistance to develop minor ports, but the state governments should provide
better financial backing to them, he said. Dr Singh praised the State's achievements
in human resource development, but noted that it had to travel a long way
in infrastructure development and employment generation at home.
can contribute much more in the area of information technology to match its
signal success in the development of the tourism sector," Dr. Singh said,
expressing happiness that the State was catching up with its neighbours in
the IT sector.
venue of the Vallarpadom ceremony was shifted from Vallarpadom Island to Willingdon
Island for security reasons. The union minister for shipping, road transport
and highways, T R
Baalu, presided over the function at Kochi, while the power minister, P M
Sayeed, attended the Kayamkulam meeting.