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Department of Ports should control its assets: Minister

Port officer directed to collect details of the land allotted to the department`Register boats operating from the port and permit only them to use the facility'Work on Gangoli minor port to be completed by the end of May

MANGALORE: The Government is committed to develop port infrastructure in the State in an effort to boost fishing and allied activities in its coastal districts, Minister for Fisheries and district in charge B. Nagaraj Shetty has said. The Government will set up a committee to study various aspects of development of minor ports on line with a similar effort in Gujarat, he added.

Presiding over the quarterly review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) here on Thursday, Mr. Shetty said the Department of Ports should control its assets, mainly land. "The department has lost control over its land over the years owing to various reasons, and this is stalling development works, including expansion of fisheries harbour in the State," he added.

Directing the port officer to collect details of the land allotted to the department, he said: "It is the intention of the Government to develop minor ports. There is no dearth of funds for the purpose. We need officers with vision and integrity to take forward the process. Development of port infrastructure will automatically give a boost to fisheries," he said.

Mr. Shetty directed the official to register boats operating from the port and permit only them to use the facility.

Gopal Naik, Executive Engineer (Ports and Fisheries), said all tendered works on the Gangoli minor port in Udupi district would be completed by the end of May at an estimated cost of Rs. 8.32 crore. Noting that Rs. 6.3 crore had already been spent on the project, he said an additional Rs. 9 crore was needed to take up related works.

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