Kerala government is reiterating its stand to fully support completion of Adani’s Vizhinjam international seaport project and has now expedited the procedures to acquire 5.602 hectares of land in Balaramapuram, Athiyanoor, Pallichal & Vizhinjam villages for rail connectivity from Vizhinjam International Seaport to Balaramapuram railway station.
Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) A Jayathilak has issued an order sanctioning acquisition of the land and has entrusted Centre for Management Development, Thiruvananthapuram to conduct a social impact assessment study and prepare a social impact assessment plan.
Officials said the impact study will be completed within a period of 15 weeks and a report will be submitted before the government. As per the order issued on November 28, the land acquisition will be done complying to the rules specified under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Rules that has come into force from 2015.
“The government has identified the survey numbers of the lands that need to be acquired. A package will be announced for resettlement and rehabilitation after the social impact assessment study,” a senior official said.
The Kerala government has accelerated the land acquisition procedures as the rail connectivity is one of the main components of the port project and Southern Railways has already given its nod for the 10.7-km planned railway line from Balaramapuram to Vizhinjam. As per the project details, out of the 10.7 km long line, 9.02 km rail line will run mostly underground to minimise land acquisition.