Kerala maritime board is focusing on developing minor ports by providing adequate infrastructure and amenities. A total of 17 minor ports have been identified among which the first port chosen for providing this impetus is Kollam Port. N S Pillai, former Chairman and Managing Director of KSEB, who recently took over as the new Chairman of the state maritime board informed that the minor ports would provide huge opportunities in terms of cargo logistics and facilitating crew change.
Minor port development elsewhere in the country would be studied and similar processes would be adapted with required modifications for developing minor ports in the state. The state had set up the maritime board in 2017 after the central government, which manages major ports in the country, had directed all state governments to set up maritime boards by replacing the port department.
Immigration facilities are an immediate requirement for facilitating crew change at the Kollam port. The state maritime board would take up this task on priority to arrange for quick immigration facilities.
My recent Waynad visit with forest with cash crops growing like pepper, coffee etc making it’s Forest reserve vs it’s maintenability aspect makes me attract for such Minor port logistic development as model for Easter Riverine states including Bangladesh with such Logistic prosperity.