Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday gave administrative sanction for upgrading the Chennai Fishing Harbour at Kasimedu at a cost of Rs 75 crore and renovating the Chetpet lake as a Sports Fishing cum Eco Park for Rs 42 crore.
Construction of a 300-metre new wharf at the north breakwater, a 200-metre boat yard to park the fibre reinforced plastic boats, extending the existing boat yard by 140 metres in the northern end, setting up of two new wharfs (each 200 metre long), net repairing centre, deepening the harbour, sanitary complex and other basic amenities will be undertaken using the funds allocated by the Chief Minister.
Through these measures, 12,000 fishermen would be benefited directly while 15,000 fishermen and workers would be benefited indirectly. The Chennai Fishing Harbour at Kasimedu, functioning from 1984, can accommodate 575 fishing boats and it was destroyed in the 2004 tsunami attack.
Considering the number of boats in this harbour has gone up to 1,395 and the corresponding increase in the quantity of fish handled here, the infrastructure facilities in the harbour would be upgraded.
Using the funds allocated, the following facilities would be created in the Chetpet lake: Entertainment aspects like fishing, water adventure sports, boating, open air theatres, children’s park etc., would be set up in this Eco Park.
With a view to beautifying the banks of this lake, rare species of trees would be grown.
Besides, the multi-layer parking lot to be set up there would ease the traffic congestion in that area.
A fish canteen would provide delicious food varieties made of fish. These measures would facilitate converting this place into a tourist spot in the future.