Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Gagan Kumar Dhal chaired a meeting here today, which unanimous for development of infrastructure and dredging in the Paradip Fishing Harbor, which is much needed to boost export.
Bisnhupada Sethi, Secretary Fisheries & ARD, Director Fisheries B K Upadhyay, District Collector Jagatsinghpur Yamini Sarangi, Chief Engineer Paradip Port Trust, Superintendent Engineer PPT and several senior officials were present in the meeting.
Mr.Sethi, who is the Chairman of the Management Society of the Paradip Fishing Harbour gave out details in this regard incorporating all aspects of development of the Harbour.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to Union Minister shipping Nitin Gadkari in this regard and the Chief Secretary A P Padhi has also written to Union Secretary Shipping in this regard.
Sources said that the PPT Chairman Rinkesh Roy is also favorable for such a dredging as the Paradip Fishing Harbour is one of the largest Hubs in the country, where more than 1000 Trawlers, Mechanized Boats both small and medium sizes operate, which needs infrastructure up-liftment.
Looking at their demand, Mr.Sethi apprised Union Secretary animal Husbandry, Dairying and fisheries, Devendra Chaudhry to take up the program for modernization of the Fishing Harbor to meet the norms set by European Union (EU) and MPEDA.
The Fishing Harbour is having a Revenue Earning of Rs.3.65 Crore out of which Rs.2.34 Crore has been spent.
The major constraints and concerns relates to dredging of River Mahanadi mouth and Harbour basin as it is posing a threat to the lives of fishermen as the berth and the River Mahanadi confluence has allegedly not been dredged resulting in heavy siltation, the Meeting discussed.
The berths where boats are being anchored are getting shallow due to sea erosion while the problem of siltation is getting acute in the absence of dredging causing inconvenience in the movement of the trawlers. The high tides in the sea are pulling the boats to the sea bed.
Looking at such an alarming situation, it was urged to start Harbour Basin Dredging within 15 days time.
So the meeting was unanimous for taking up dredging by PPT and funds need to be allocated from CSR Funds as it hinges on the livelihood of thousands of fishing community.