Vizhinjam Logjam : Media Response

Vizhinjam logjam This refers to the article "Vizhinjam will make a good port" (The Hindu Business Line, December 30). Ever since the last lap of protests against continuing the ongoing work at Vizhinjam became a politico-religious issue, central and state governments and the mainstream media started taking care to protect constituency interests. In the process, facts and history discussed in this article got submerged and there was more smoke than fire and precious time was wasted to arrive at a consensus that the work in progress should be allowed to continue in national interest. Picking up a lesson or two from countries like Japan, Singapore and UK, it is high time the political leadership across ideologies and irrespective of numbers in legislative houses came together and cooperated in developing infrastructure for economic development. Government, on their part should take the opposition and other stakeholders into confidence at every stage of implementation of large projects to avoid midway conflicts as has happened in the the case of Vizhinjam port. M G Warrier Mumbai


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