Foundation stone laid for 100-m fisheries berthing jetty

Foundation stone laid for 100-m fisheries berthing jetty

Minister for Youth Empowerment, Sports and Fisheries K Abhayachandra Jain said 100 applications for regularisation of boat licences to procure diesel subsidies will be considered in the Cabinet meeting.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of a 100-metre Fisheries Berthing Jetty, taken up at a cost of Rs 5 crore near Sultan Bathery in Boloor on Sunday, the minister said that those who surrender the licences of 10- or 20-year-old wooden boats and go for steel boats, will also be provided diesel subsidy. In this regard, 16 applications have been submitted in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi so far, he added.

He said after he took over as the minister for fisheries, 500 licences (feasibility) have been given to boats, only on the basis of seniority. The State government has been providing subsidised diesel for boats and Rs 7 lakh is spent on each boat per year and Rs 125 crore has been earmarked in the budget, he said.

The proposed jetty will be extended by about 25 metre to utilise the balance amount of Rs 90 lakh, remaining after the tender process. Instead of sending it back to the government, the funds will be utilised to extend the Jetty, Jain said.

Bus stand

The minister said a bus stand will be constructed in the area. Efforts will be made to earmark Rs 5 crore in the next budget for the 300 metre road works at Boloor jetty.

Jain said a fisheries road has been laid at a cost of Rs 7 crore in his constituency. Also, concrete road has been laid at a cost of Rs 1 crore at Bajpe and it was inaugurated by Pejawar seer Sri Vishwesha Theertha recently, he added.

Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes, who laid the foundation for the jetty, said the additional boats at Mangalore Port can anchor at the new jetty and it will be helpful to fishermen in monsoon season. He felt for a need to carry out dredging work around the jetty and also facilitate road facility to provide connectivity to the jetty. He called upon the fishermen to provide breaks for fishing as and when needed, to allow fish to increase in numbers.

Hanging bridge

Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo said the State government has sanctioned Rs 14 crore for the construction of hanging bridge. In this, Rs 7 crore has already been sanctioned by the Public Works Department. As the earlier proposed design was not technically feasible, the work was not initiated.

The experts have also studied the models of hanging bridges in the country. There was also a bottleneck in the project as a Mumbai-based contractor demanded several lakh of rupees for preparing project report alone, he said.

Lobo clarified that there is no lack of funds and the hanging bridge will be constructed. The matters regarding the project will be discussed at a high-level meet on January 27, which will be attended by the Chief Secretary.  A state-of-the-art swimming pool will be constructed at Emmekere soon, he said.

Memorandum submitted

The Association of Fishermen submitted a memorandum to the MP and the minister, demanding construction of an ice plant, a diesel bank, a net repairing shed and dredging in the radius of 100 metres of the jetty.

Mayor Jacinta Vijaya Alfred, City Corporation Council Chief Whip Shashidhar Hegde, Boloor Mogaveera Sangha President Rajashekhar Karkera, Corporator Lata Kamalaksha Salian and Fisherwomen Association President Sarala Kanchan were present.