KOCHI: The Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC) will soon implement developmental projects worth Rs 6.3 crore for the betterment of basic amenities and infrastructure at the Udayamperoor fishing village, said Fisheries, Ports and Excise Minister K Babu here on Saturday.
Speaking after inaugurating the KSCADC’s Rs 1.26-crore modernised fish market at Udayamperoor, the Minister said projects worth Rs 3.21 crore had already been completed in the village, including net-mending yard, mini fish landing centre, drainage system, electrification project, library, installation of high-mast lights and distribution of financial assistance for livelihood support.
“More projects worth Rs 3.12-crore, including a hospital at Poothotta, drinking water facilities and construction of toilets, are at different stages of implementation,” he said. The Udayamperoor fish market is part of the government’s Rs 78-crore project to build a chain of 41 modernised and hygienic fish markets across the State. Construction of 33 markets have already been completed.
The market at Udayamperoor has a retail block and an auction block. The retail block has 16 commercial stalls with facilities like cutting slab, sink for cleaning fish and drain. The auction block has an auction hall and ten wholesale stalls. A chill storage facility and an effluent treatment plant are under construction at the facility.“The government has outlined projects worth Rs 600 crore for the socio-economic development of the fishing community in the State, of which Rs 99.79 crore has been allocated to the Ernakulam district,” added the Minister.