Malpe port phase III work begins

Malpe port phase III work begins

Yojaka India Pvt Ltd has taken up the contract on extension of Malpe port. According to the contract, the work on third phase must be completed by June 26, 2014.  The work will be undertaken on 75:25 ratio with the central and the state government sharing the funds. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 37.15 crore and contract amount is Rs 42.05 crore. With the expansion of the Malpe port, about 1,420 mechanised boats can be anchored without any problem. This includes 1,100 trawl boats, 120 purse seine boats and 200 fiber boats.

In the third phase work, about 1.95 lakh cubic metre of dredging will be undertaken at the port. About 31,7000 cubic metre leveling will be carried out. A jetty of 1192.50 cubic metre will be built. About 215 square metre shed will be constructed while about 310 square metre boat repair workshop will be constructed.

The third phase will also have a restaurant in 127.70 square metre. A radio communication centre will come up in 199.82 square metre area. It will also have security room, water supply system, compound wall, public toilet and electrification work. Along with these work, the work to be undertaken under second phase including the construction of jetty, stalls and road will be taken up.

A port official said “if the work is of poor quality, then the contractor will be held responsible and he will have to carry out the work again. The quality of the work will be inspected by the experts from NITK and other institutions.”

As the number of boats were on rise in the region, the fishermen were finding difficult in getting space for anchoring the boats, especially during the ban period.

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