Development of Cochin Fisheries Harbour includes dredging

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, and Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Parshottam Rupala, laid the foundation stone of Modernisation and Upgradation Works of Cochin Fishing Harbour at Thoppumpady, Kerala, yesterday.

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The overall project is funded through Grants from Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) Scheme under the Department of Fisheries (Rs.50 Crores) and the Sagarmala Project scheme of MoPSW (Rs.50 Crores) and investment of PPP Operator is Rs.55.84 Crores.

The first stage of the project includes construction of three air-conditioned Auction Halls, one non-air-conditioned hall, one fish dressing unit and other ancillary units.

Under this project, a significant amount of dredging work will be undertaken, internal roads will be constructed, loading and unloading platforms will be built, waste management area will be developed and there will be canteen facilities and also some additional objects.

During the inauguration, Shri Sarbananada Sonowal said: “Our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi believes in doubling production and boosting the fisheries sector. Under his leadership, both MoPSW and the Fisheries Department are working together to make this project a reality. Development of Cochin Fisheries harbour will support the fishermen and will boost the economy.”