TRINet Newsletter November 2014

MLAs on a mission to conserve mangroves in Kerala

It was a day out with an environmental cause for agriculture minister K P Mohanan and the 13 MLAs, who were on a boat journey through the rivers and backwaters of Kannur with the unique mission of spearing the message about mangrove conservation and also to explore the possibility of developing an eco tourism circuit.

Vizhinjam all set to be a bunkering port

The Department of Ports is gearing up to make Vizhinjam a bunkering port to tap the potential of the business in view of proximity to the international sea routes and the East-West Shipping Axis.The procedures to extend bunkering services from the existing wharf at Vizhinjam had started, Director of Ports P.I. Sheik Pareeth told The Hindu here.

Will Vizhinjam terminal be another Vallarpadam?

The International Transshipment Project at Vallarpadam (ICTT) projected as a dream venture for Kerala has failed to achieve even 50 per cent of the promised growth in container traffic from Kochi. The dismal performance in the past three years has also raised doubts about the wisdom of the state government pursuing another major container transshipment terminal in Vizhinjam near Thiru avanathapuram.

Kerala seaplane service to spread wings by November

If sources in the Kerala Tourism Infrastructure Limited (KTIL), the government-backed facilitator for the project, can be believed Kerala’s seaplane dreams would come true either by the end of October or by the first week of November.

Kochi: Salty Sand Mined from Coast a Threat to Buildings

With the price of river sand going north, the beaches and coastal zones across the state have become hotbeds of illegal sand mining. Some unscrupulous agents supplying sand for the construction sector are minting money by mixing the saline soil mined from the coast with river sand.

Mumbai: Eased CRZ may see development boom on coastline

The stringent coastal regulation zone (CRZ) rules supposed to protect the coastline from rampant construction could become virtually irrelevant in Mumbai after the high court upheld the tweaked norms.

Vizag: Coastal cities need to be climate-proof, says study

A devastated Vishakapatnam has brought home the need for coastal cities to be climate resilient in terms of extreme events with respect to preparation and infrastructure.

Tamil Nadu: Fishermen to Develop Own Maps on Coastal Land Use

Members from fishing communities from across the State met in the city and decided to develop their own maps on land use pattern in coastal areas. The maps would determine infrastructural growth along the shoreline as per the Coastal Regulation Zone norms.

Strategy needed for Goa as ocean levels rise

The rains over, with tourists back in full force, the impact of the 2014 monsoon can finally be properly assessed on Goa's coastline. There is very little good news: severe erosion is reported from North to South, tides have surged inland into many residential areas on the coast, and several hundred coconut trees in beachfront plantations have been swept away by pounding waves that were undeterred by the protective measures that always worked in the past.

India’s 12 big ports see first signs of revival in cargo growth

Ports owned by the government loaded 288.48 mt of various cargo, 4.2% more than the 276.85 mt handled in the same period last year


Disaster Management

Hudhud killed 46 in Andhra Pradesh, 21 lakh families hit
In a first comprehensive report on 'extent of damage' caused by Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh, the state government has informed the Centre that the very severe cyclonic storm had not only killed 46 persons and injured 43 others but also affected 20.93 lakh families and took lives of 2831 animals and 24.43 lakh poultry in four districts on October 12.

Andhra Pradesh government bets on PPP model to rebuild cyclone-hit villages
A week after Hudhud cyclone left a trail of devastation around Vizag, the Andhra Pradesh government is readying to rope in private enterprises through public-private partnership (PPP) model to rebuild villages on India's east coast.

UN praises India's disaster management system
India's disaster management credentials have come in for praise from the UN after it successfully limited casualties in the Hudhud cyclone and a similar feat it had achieved an year ago when cyclone Phailin had hit the Odisha coast.

What plagues India's disaster management authority?
Under politically appointed members, the National Disaster Management Authority is merely duplicating the efforts of other agencies.