Odisha Government has moved to the Centre for providing over 6 Acres of Water Front at Paradip to expand the Fishing Harbor, which urgently needs expansion.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today has written a letter to Union Secretary Shipping, Rajive Kumar in this regard, requesting him to provide necessary approval to vest the land with the State Government for larger interest of the fishermen community.
In order to cope with the growing demand of local people for fishing, the State Government has moved for expansion of the Paradip Fishing Harbor.
Recently the Union Secretary Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Devendra Chaudhry and other senior officials of Central Institute Of Coastal engineering For Fisheries (CICEF) during their visit to Paradip they visited the Fishing Harbor and talked to the fishermen.
Bishnupada Sethi, Secretary Fisheries and ARD also held talks with the Central Team and looking at the growing demand of the Fishermen, Union Government Team suggested for expansion of the Fishing Harbor.
And now the State Government has moved for expansion of the Harbor with an additional Jetty, said Mr.Padhi.
For the new Jetty, 80 Meters X 300 Meters on the Water Front covering an area of 6.50 Acres belonging to Paradip Port Trust (PPT) is needed.
District Collector, Jagatsinghpur has discussed with the PPT Chairman in this regard and for expansion of the Harbor this amount of land is needed , said Mr.Padhi.
He brought to the notice of the Union Secretary Shipping that Paradip Fishing Harbor is a leading Fish Landing Centre on the East Coast of India from where 640 Mechanized Fishing Vessels and 100 Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Boats are operating.
Chief Secretary Mr.Padhi has said that this Harbor was developed under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Ministry of Agriculture in 1996.
The PPT Authorities has taken up dredging of the channel during 1997-98, but thereafter no maintenance work has been carried out.
In the meantime the State Government has moved to the Centre for early dredging of navigational channel for smooth and safe navigation.
Recently the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressing concern over growing siltation near the Mahanadi river mouth in Paradip had urged the Centre to take up dredging of the river mouth and navigational channel.
"The Bangalore-based Central of Coastal Engineering for Fishery has reported that the siltation at the Mahanadi river mouth has been aggravated because of beach nourishment drive taken up by the Paradip Port Trust to protect the port's sea wall. No remedial measures have been taken to arrest the movement of sand towards the river mouth and the navigation channel," the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik pointed out to the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.
Mr.Patnaik had requested Mr.Gadkari to issue instructions to the Paradip Port Trust Authorities to urgently take up dredging for the smooth and safe navigation of the fishing vessels.
Over 30,000 people are depending on the Fishing Harbor for their livelihood, pointed out the senior official in DoFARD.