Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today alleged that Leader of the Opposition V S Achuthanandan was behaving as if he had accepted bribe from someone to scuttle the multi-crore Vizhinjan International Transshipment project.
Mr Achuthanandan was continuing with such a stand even after the government published all the information relating to the project, the Chief Minister said in a statement here.
The Leader of the Opposition was spreading a disinformation campaign that the government would get only one per cent income from the Vizhinjam project in the first 60 years. There was no such 60-year term in the new agreement and it is up to Mr Achuthanandan to explain from where he got such an information, he added.
The Chief Minister pointed out that as per the agreement, the private partner Adani Group would have to pay ten per cent of the total profit from non-port commercial activities from the seventh year on wards. From the 15th year on wards, the private partner would have to give one per cent of the total earning from the port to the government, subject to a hike of one per cent every year.
He said the draft agreement prepared by the previous Left Democratic Front government headed by Mr Achuthanandan was against the interests of the state government. There was no provision for any earning to the government in the first 30 years. ”It is for the people to judge whether the draft agreement prepared by the previous government or the present one is good for the interest of the state,” he added.
After three failures, the global tender was completed in a transparent manner. The project was delayed for the past 25 years and if we lost this chance, Kerala would lose the project for ever. The Leader of the Opposition was trying to scuttle the project as he had done with several other development projects in Kerala. ”It is a dream project for Kerala and the Opposition should not believe that it could prevent the state from going ahead with it by merely levelling baseless allegations,” he added.
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