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Posted on Dec 24, 05:50PM | UNI
Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) today welcomed the decision taken by the Ministry of Shipping in the relaxation of Cabotage Rules at ICTT, Vallarpadam thereby instead of insisting of 100 per cent X-ray scanning of all containers, now 100 per cent Radiological Scanning is made mandatory for all containers routed through ICTT, Vallarpadam. Union Cabinet cleared the proposals for relaxation of Cabotage Rules on September six last with a precondition that relaxation would be subject to 100 per cent scanning for all containers routed through ICTT. As a result, ICTT, Vallarpadam was not able to enjoy the benefits of relaxation of Cabotage Rules till now, a release said here today. A delegation comprising Chairman and officials of KCCI were in Delhi in the first week of December and met Defense Ministe rA K Antony, Union Overseas Indian Affairs Minister. Vayalar Ravi and appraised them the gravity of the situation and the urgent need to implement the Cabotage Relxations for ICTT at Vallarpadam.
Defense Ministry took up the issue with Union Ministry of Shipping to work out an ad hoc proposal for ICTT at Vallarpadam to enjoy the relaxation for Cabotage Rules. The delegation also submitted a memorandum to Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan by the KCCI, it said Mr Marzook also expressed satisfaction that the efforts were not in vain. Now the real challenge is to implement the new amendments on a war - footing without any more delay. KCCI also sincerely hope that ICTT at Vallarpadam would be able to attract more cargo and containers with these relaxations, it added.