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Cochin Port Trust (CPT) gives Indian Navy NOC for new battle station

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    The Cochin Port Trust (CPT) has issued a no objection certificate (NOC) for setting up the new battle station that the Indian Navy has proposed in the outer harbour area to be developed by the port.

    The outer harbour will be developed by the CPT in the nearly 2,600 hectare land to be reclaimed by depositing the dredged sand. The port issued the NOC last week to use 650 acre of the land to be reclaimed.

    The port is planning to give the land to the Navy on a long-term lease basis but the price has not yet been fixed, CPT sources said. Now that the CPT has issued the NOC, the Navy will be able to carry forward the station proposal with the defence ministry. The Southern Naval command headquartered in Kochi now functions as a training command. However, the launch of the new station will give it the status of an operational command as well.

    The port is envisaging several other developmental activities also at the proposed outer harbour. But the thrust will be to develop it as an oil trading hub. It has already invited expression of interest bids for setting up an export-oriented oil refinery or oil trading hub in the proposed outer harbour.

    IIT, Chennai and Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), Pune were asked to prepare a conceptual study on the proposed outer harbour. Their report had upheld the technical feasibility of the project. The CPT-commissioned the Mumbai-based Maritime Consultancy Private Limited to conduct a feasibility study which also said the outer harbour project would be financially and technically viable.

    The port hopes the construction of outer harbour will reduce its dredging cost burden which now amounts to roughly about Rs135 crore a year. The dredged sand is now deposited in a designated area in the outer sea. Utilization of the dredged sand for land reclamation was also expected to reduce the sea erosion.threat now being faced in the coastal area of the city

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