Union government has already sanctioned Rs.3 crore

: Work on the proposed fishing harbour at Tanur in the district is set to begin this financial year, said Minister for Fisheries and Excise K. Babu.

The Union government has already sanctioned Rs.3 crore for the Rs.44.87-crore project, the Minister told the Assembly in reply to a submission by Abdurahman

Randathani, MLA from Tanur.

Mr. Randathani said the State government had given top priority to the fishing harbour project. He said the Tanur harbour project had cleared the “hurdles of sanction” much faster than several other existing fishing harbours in the State.

The fishing harbour at Tanur, which is projected to be completed by 2017, is expected to fetch 16,420 tonnes of fish a year.

Mr. Babu said the harbour could cater to 160 fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) boats of eight-metre length, 50 trawl boats of 12-metre length, and 60 other boats of 16-metre length. Reiterating that all clearances had been given for the fishing harbour project, the Minister said it would have two breakwaters of 1,050-metre and 850-metre length. The harbour will have a 120-metre- long wharf, 900 sq mt auction house, and 9,300-sq mt roads.

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

Pointing out that Tanur had the largest number of inboard fishing vessels in the State, Mr. Randathani said the fishing harbour at Tanur would make a huge difference to the lives of the fisherfolk.

However, fishermen of Tanur are sceptical about the project’s proposed completion in four years. They said the project would take a few more years than scheduled.

Ponnani harbour, they said, had taken more than 10 years to be commissioned after its foundation stone was laid in 2000.

Several tonnes of granite boulders would be required for the construction of the breakwaters. About 4.5 lakh tonne granite boulders were dumped into the sea to construct the breakwaters for the Ponnani fishing harbour, they said.

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

The Department currently maintains harbours at Azheekkal, Chombal, Puthiyappa, Beypore, Ponnani, Munambam, Thottappalli, Chetthi, Kayamkulam, Neendakara, Thankasseri, and Vizhinjam..

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