In order to promote coastal movement of cargo, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Govt. of India Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal, recently laid the foundation stone for the Roll-On-Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) facility at Cochin Port. The new Ro-Ro facility, under ‘Sagarmala’ scheme of Govt. of India, will be developed between Q1 berth & South Coal Berth on the Mattancherry Channel in Cochin Port. As per the port it will involve construction of RCC Jetty structure of 615 Sq.M including strengthening of the existing roads leading to this facility and all allied works.
It will also promote affordable coastal movement of cargo using Ro-Ro ships and will help in decongesting the roads thereby minimize accidents. It will also to be an engine to promote and facilitate eco-friendly cost effective mode of transportation said the port.
The project is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.11.06 crores with 100% funding from Government of India under Sagarmala Programme and is scheduled to be completed in 9 months.