Karnataka to decide soon on buying a dredger

Our Bureau Mangalore | Updated on June 10, 2014 Published on June 10, 2014

The Karnataka government will soon take a decision on buying a dredger for taking up dredging activity along the coast, according to Abhayachandra Jain, Karnataka Fisheries Minister.

Inspecting the work on the expansion of fisheries jetty at Old Mangalore Port, he said there are demands from fishermen from the three coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada to take up dredging operations at fishing harbours. In this regard, a meeting was held with the Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, a month ago.

Stating that the Chief Minister knows the problems of fishermen along Karnataka coast, he said the Government will soon take a decision on buying a dredger.

Since the Karnataka government does not have a dredger of its own, it has to call for a tender to hire a dredger to carry out dredging operations, he said.

The 300-km-long Karnataka coastline has many fisheries harbours and minor ports.

Old Mangalore port

On strengthening the infrastructure at Old Mangalore Port, he said the Government has initiated the expansion of the fisheries harbour at a cost of ₹57.6 crore.

Stating that the work is in progress, Jain said the revised cost of the project is estimated at ₹98.25 crore.

Published on June 10, 2014

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