The Lakshadweep MP has sought the construction of a dedicated wharf for Lakshadweep administration at the Old Mangalore Port.

Speaking to presspersons during his visit to Old Mangalore Port here on Thursday, Hamdulla Sayeed, Member of Parliament of Lakshadweep, said that the Old Mangalore has been a port for transportation of essential commodities, items under public distribution system, river sand and petroleum products among others.

draft proposal

He said that the administration of the Union territory of Lakshadweep has sent a draft proposal to the Karnataka Government to set up a dedicated wharf at the Old Mangalore Port for the benefit of Lakshadweep administration.

The draft proposal requires some modification as there are some areas where the Union Territory of Lakshadweep administration and the Karnataka Government differ.

He hoped that those points of differences can be removed so that the point of convergence can be arrived for the construction of a dedicated wharf at Old Mangalore Port.

Once that is cleared by the Karnataka Government, the project will be taken up, he said.

To a query on the cost of construction of the wharf, he said that it is estimated at around Rs 44.5 crore.

Sayeed said that this amount has to be cleared by both Lakshadweep and Karnataka.

The amount that been given in the proposal is not exorbitant, and should be agreeable to both the administration, he said.

Apart from anchoring ships, the wharf will also help in the embarkation and dis-embarkation of passengers, and loading and unloading of cargoes.

The project would become a major boost for the people of Lakshadweep and in Mangalore, he added.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on January 10, 2013)
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