The fishing harbour here which accommodates 262 mechanised boats is expected to be augmented with additional infrastructure at an estimated cost of Rs. 12 crore. Sources told The Hindu here on Sunday that the aim was to primarily at decongest the harbour. A wharf and a couple of jetties at the harbour would be augmented to serve more boats to meet the growing requirements of fishermen and other stakeholders of fishing industry which plays a predominant role in the Tuticorin economy.

The harbour would have new internal roads, parking lot, and better drinking water and drainage facilities, besides an effluent treatment plant. An additional hall would be built for the fish auction centre. These development works would be taken up in February.

A meeting was conducted here on December 28 with all stakeholders to work out modalities to establish Tuticorin fishing harbour as a modern facility in the state.

More works would be undertaken under Phase Two with waterfront infrastructure developments. The additional facilities would cater to 500 fishing boats. Breakwaters would also be created to protect the harbour, the sources added.

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