Fishermen get provisional `pattas' for encroached land

MANGALORE, FEB. 26. The Fisheries Department handed over provisional "patta" certificates to about 30 fishermen at Hoige Bazaar recently.

Briefing the press after handing over the certificates, the Minister of State for Ports and Fisheries, Vasanth V. Salian, said these fishermen had encroached upon land measuring 1,936 square metres near the coastline some 20 years ago. Various Government departments had taken them to task for encroaching upon the land. The Ports Department handed over the land to the Revenue Department sometime ago, and this had paved the way for giving the land to fishermen at a subsidised price. Each fisherman's family would get two to three cents of land. The Revenue Department would issue the permanent patta when the formalities of transfer were over in a month's time, he added.

According to the Minister, these fishermen will also get up to Rs. 30,000 for building houses under the Mritsashraya scheme. The Union and the State governments would equally share the sum. The fishermen's colony at Hoige Bazaar will also get roads when the task of issuing patta is over.

The Minister for Transport, B. Ramanath Rai, who was present at the function to hand over the pattas, said the State Government had given financial assistance to build 5,000 houses to the fishermen during the past four years. The issue of encroachment at Hoige Bazaar had persisted for a long time, but with the intervention of Mr. Salian, it had been solved.

N. Yogish Bhat, member of the dissolved Assembly, urged the Minister to direct the Revenue Department to immediately take up a revenue survey of the land at Hoige Bazaar so that more fishermen's families could be accommodated there.