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                                             Cochin Outer Harbour Project

The littoral drift phenomenon, which is associated with the movement of substantial quantity of sand, predominantly from the north to the south, has been widely held to be responsible for the coastal erosion off the coast of Cochin. 

This phenomenon is also thought to be principally responsible for the fact that 95% of the siltation of Cochin Port is from the outer sea.  At 21 million cubic metres per year Cochin Port has the highest siltation among Indian ports, necessitating year-round maintenance dredging. 

Conceptual studies through IIT, Madras and Central Water & Power Research Station, Pune show that the intensity of the sea erosion as well as the siltation of Cochin Port can be reduced if two breakwaters are put up at the mouth of the Port. Cochin Port had therefore prepared a Feasibility report for the Outer Harbour project through the consultant M/s.i-maritime Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Navi Mumbai   

Their study, based on extensive modelling at Central Water & Power Research Station, Pune shows that if two breakwaters are constructed, there would be an accretion to the coastline of 50-100 metres in the Fort Kochi-Chellanam area and 100-200 metres in the Puthuvypeen area in 10 years.  As such, the project is of immense environmental importance to the Cochin coast. 

A further benefit of the breakwater project is that it reduces siltation in the inner harbour from about 21 million cubic metres to 12 million cubic metres, a drop of 40%. 

They have reported that once the breakwaters are in place, it is technically and financially feasible to develop an Outer Harbour for the Cochin Port, as in the layout below:  


 It would be possible to reclaim about 2,600 acres of land inside the northern breakwater and about 650 acres inside the southern breakwater.

The Indian Navy has evinced interest in the reclamation of 650 acres inside the southern breakwater.  There are also plans to connect this area with the Fort Kochi area through a 1.7 KM long bridge, which could be a landmark tourist attraction for Cochin. 

The 2,600 acres that could be reclaimed inside northern breakwater has been earmarked for the development of anyone of the following projects: Export Oriented Refinery Unit, Oil Trading Hub, Offshore Rig Fabrication Facility, Free Trade Warehousing Zone or Ultra Mega Power Plant.

Obtaining Environmental clearance to the project is underway.

  

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                                             Cochin Outer Harbour Project

The littoral drift phenomenon, which is associated with the movement of substantial quantity of sand, predominantly from the north to the south, has been widely held to be responsible for the coastal erosion off the coast of Cochin. 

This phenomenon is also thought to be principally responsible for the fact that 95% of the siltation of Cochin Port is from the outer sea.  At 21 million cubic metres per year Cochin Port has the highest siltation among Indian ports, necessitating year-round maintenance dredging. 

Conceptual studies through IIT, Madras and Central Water & Power Research Station, Pune show that the intensity of the sea erosion as well as the siltation of Cochin Port can be reduced if two breakwaters are put up at the mouth of the Port. Cochin Port had therefore prepared a Feasibility report for the Outer Harbour project through the consultant M/s.i-maritime Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Navi Mumbai   

Their study, based on extensive modelling at Central Water & Power Research Station, Pune shows that if two breakwaters are constructed, there would be an accretion to the coastline of 50-100 metres in the Fort Kochi-Chellanam area and 100-200 metres in the Puthuvypeen area in 10 years.  As such, the project is of immense environmental importance to the Cochin coast. 

A further benefit of the breakwater project is that it reduces siltation in the inner harbour from about 21 million cubic metres to 12 million cubic metres, a drop of 40%. 

They have reported that once the breakwaters are in place, it is technically and financially feasible to develop an Outer Harbour for the Cochin Port, as in the layout below:  


 It would be possible to reclaim about 2,600 acres of land inside the northern breakwater and about 650 acres inside the southern breakwater.

The Indian Navy has evinced interest in the reclamation of 650 acres inside the southern breakwater.  There are also plans to connect this area with the Fort Kochi area through a 1.7 KM long bridge, which could be a landmark tourist attraction for Cochin. 

The 2,600 acres that could be reclaimed inside northern breakwater has been earmarked for the development of anyone of the following projects: Export Oriented Refinery Unit, Oil Trading Hub, Offshore Rig Fabrication Facility, Free Trade Warehousing Zone or Ultra Mega Power Plant.

Obtaining Environmental clearance to the project is underway.

  

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE

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