At a cost of Rs.16.26 crore at Tharuvaikulam

To promote hygienic handling of fish by fishermen, a fish landing centre is being constructed at Tharuvaikulam, a coastal hamlet in the district.

The project includes facilities such as approach jetty, landing jetty, auction hall, net mending shed, diaphragm wall, cement road, water and other basic facilities.

These development works were taken up at an estimated cost of Rs.16.26 crore under the aegis of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

About 75 per cent of the works has been completed so far, according to S. Gangadharan, Assistant Executive Engineer, Fishing Harbour Project, Tuticorin Sub-division.

“Since Tuticorin assumes a great significance for seafood industry, which also contributes much to foreign exchange through export, such infrastructure is the need of the hour.

Currently, infrastructure in fish landing centres at Tharuvaikulam and Threspuram, another hamlet near Tuticorin coast, are being developed in tandem,” Mr. Gangadharan said here on Sunday.

Among the developments, priority has been accorded to jetties.

One jetty in T –shaped structure has been constructed and works on the approach jetty are under way.

The constructed jetty was 100 meters in length and 10 metre width.

As for approach jetty, it would have a lengthy structure up to an extent of 200 metres and the same level width on a par with the constructed jetty, he said.

He hoped that the entire project might be over by June-end.

M.R. Natarajan, District Development Manager, NABARD, said that apart from focusing on developments on fisheries sector under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund, financial support was also being extended to augment other facilities, including road infrastructure, bridges, school buildings, veterinary clinics for Animal Husbandry Department and also for irrigation projects.

Hailing the government’s initiative on this fish landing centre, S. Maharajan, president, Tharuvaikulam Panchayat, said that the upcoming infrastructure would help in reducing the laborious works of fishermen, who need not use small boats to collect fishes netted by large vessels that were anchored in deep waters.

Moreover, problems of transporting fuel and ice bars, the key requirements, through small country crafts to reach a fleet of bog boats would also be kept at bay once the facility was operational, he said.

But, he felt the desperate need for break –water facility at Tharuvaikulam coast to protect the anchored boats at times of rough weather.

Representation citing its importance was made to the government, Mr. Maharajan added.

  • 75 per cent of works completed

  • Priority being accorded to jetties