Published On:January 2 2017
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Centre's nod for Rs. 114 cr Mookaiyur fishing harbour to encourage deep sea fishing.
With a view to encourage deep sea fishing, the Centre has accorded administrative sanction for a fishing harbour with world-class facilities at Mookaiyur in Ramanathapuram district at a cost of Rs. 113.90 crore. This is part of the Rs. 1,520 crore special package sought by Tamil Nadu government for resolving the issues faced by fishermen everyday along the Palk Straits.
The package also aims at creating necessary infrastructure for deep sea fishing.
An official release here said the new fishing harbour at Mookaiyur would decongest movement of mechanised boats along Palk Straits and enable fishermen of Mookaiyur and nearby coastal villages to park their vessels. The Tamil Nadu government has been urging the Centre for this special package for the past three years. Very recently, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam reiterated this demand when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Delhi on December 19.
The new fishing harbour, to be implemented with 50 per cent Central government assistance, would have protection wall, wharf, auction hall, fish drying platform, net mending shed, cold storage facility, fuel station, boat repairing facilities, rest room for fishermen and administrative building. Tamil Nadu government would invest Rs 56.95 crore for this project.
The official release also said tenders would be floated soon for this project and 250 mechanised boats and 200 country boats belonging to Rameswaram, Pamban, Mandapam, Mookaiyur and many fishermen villages around Mookaiyur could be parked in this fishing harbour. Using this facilities, the fishermen could handle their fish catch hygienically and get remunerative prices in the export market.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS