Work on Connolly Canal restoration, new college to start soon: Chandy

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy launched work on the much-awaited fishing harbour at Tanur here in a festive ambience on Sunday afternoon.

Inaugurating the work, Mr. Chandy said the restoration of the Connolly Canal between Koottayi and Ottumpuram would be taken up soon if the situation was conducive.

He said the work of the proposed arts-and-science college at Tanur would begin soon. V.P. Babu, former principal of Victoria College, Palakkad, was appointed special officer of the college.

The Chief Minister was heralded to the function in an open vehicle by a mammoth crowd. Abdurahman Randathani, Tanur MLA, who welcomed the gathering, said the crowd was the largest the district witnessed for an inaugural function.

Mr. Randathani said the harbour would be a dream come true for the people living along the coast of Malappuram district, especially between Koottayi and Kadalundi. He said the harbour, projected to be completed by 2017, was expected to fetch 16,420 tonnes of fish a year.

The harbour could cater to 160 fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) boats of eight-m length, 50 trawl boats of 12-m length, and 60 other boats of 16-m length.

The harbour would have two breakwaters of 1,050-m and 850-m length. It would have a 120-m long wharf, 900 sq m auction house, and 9,300-sq m roads.

Mr. Randathani said thousands of fishermen from Tanur would greatly benefit from the harbour. The fishermen of Tanur and neighbouring Parappanangadi were currently depending on the fishing harbours of either Beypore or Ponnani.

More harbours

The Harbour Engineering Department was currently constructing harbours at Kasaragod, Cheruvathur, Thalai, Koyilandy, Chettuva, Chellanam, Arthingal, and Muthalapozhi.

Minister for Fisheries K. Babu presided over the function. Minister for Industries P.K. Kunhalikutty; E.T. Mohammed Basheer, MP; C. Mammootty, MLA; district panchayat president Suhara Mampad; District Collector M.C. Mohandas; Chief Engineer of Harbour Engineering Department Madhavan Namboothiri; and former Minister Kutty Ahamed Kutty spoke.

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