Though there is uncertainty over the development of Azhikkal port in the district, it recorded a major achievement by becoming the highest GST paying government establishment in the state. According to the port officials, the port paid Rs 33,53,670 as GST in October this year, thus making it achieve this rare distinction. On an average the GST remittance from here is to tune of Rs 30 lakh every month. In October, sand worth Rs 6.52 crore was sold from here and the government got a profit of Rs 4.04 crore.
The port is at the first place in the remittance of the royalty to the Geology Department, according to the official release. In October, this remittance was Rs 1638000 which provided to 8363 customers who booked online the sand.Meanwhile, some discussions are on to expedite the development work at Azhikkal port, said the officials. Since the airport is getting ready for operations next month, the demand to develop the port has also gathered momentum.
Though the dredging, using the Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD), CSD Chandragiri, has been going on since August 2017, to facilitate coastal shipping service and also the shipping service to Lakshadweep, there is no clarity as to when the service would begin. However, the officials said the dredging is progressing and the shipping service would begin in the near future.