projects for infrastructure were presented as part of
the Global Investor Meet (GIM) held here. The meet was
attended by Electricity Minister Kadavoor Sivadasan, Public
Works Minister M K Muneer and Transport Minister Ganesh
representative of the Parrison company has come forward
showing interest in developing the Beypore seaport. A
memorandum of understanding was signed for the first phase
of the project that costs Rs 35 crore.
Rs 8,000-crore Expressway project stretching 507 kms from
Thiruvananthapuram to Kasargod and the Rs 798-crore Skybus
project for Kochi were the other star attractions of the
proposed Expressway will pass through 12 of the 14 districts
and drastically cut the travel time between Kasargod and
Thiruvananthapuram to five hours. The project will be
completed by 2012.
said the Kerala Road Fund Act and the Highway Protection
Act have set the impetus for investment in the road transport
sector. Small hydel projects were offered in the power
sector as Kerala has numerous natural waterfalls that
can be tapped.
state also has 141 minor ports and 12 major ports with
a great scope for development. They include Vizhinjam,
Azhikkal in Kannur, Marina in Alappuzha, Thangassery and
Skybus Metro, enabling transport on suspended rails at
100 kms an hour, is offered by Konkan Railways. A two-year
completion period has been planned for it. The metro system
will be noiseless and the Skybus stations offer further
commercial opportunity. The system can transport 20,000
passengers an hour.
will be lightweight twin cabins almost every minute, the
movement of which would be guided by microprocessors.
As many as 38 companies have expressed confidence in the
highway projects on offer include a hill road to Sabarimala,
from Vadakkancherry to Pollachy, West Coast Highway, Kottayam-Cherthala
Highway and Thiruvananthapuram city roads.