Minister Nitin Gadkari, will be in
Cochin for an official visit April 28. He will attend the commencement of block
erection of Ship 021 and Ship 02 at Cochin Port, Willingdon Island.
500 PAX cum 150 MT cargo vessels are being built by Cochin Shipyard for the
Andaman & Nicobar Administration. Passenger vessels are regularly plying
from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair carrying essential commodities from the
Mainland to Andaman islands besides passengers.
vessels have become old and time taken for the voyage has gone up from three to
four days. There has been demand from the islanders to improve the condition of
the age old ships/ Cochin shipyard has now taken up the work for building two
ships but it will take at least a year to complete the ship.
The Minister will
also hold a review meeting of National Highways projects in Kerala.