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Shipping Minister Gadkari to Visit Cochin Shipyard to start construction of two pax cum cargo vessels for Andaman Nicobar Islands

Shipping 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.

The 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.

The 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.
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