MANGALURU: The much-awaited all-weather port planned at Kulai in the city has got centre’s approval and tenders for the construction of the same will be floated by New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) shortly, MP Nalin Kumar told reporters on Sunday.
He said the new port will be the second all-weather port in the country which will enable fishing activities all through the year instead of just eight months in a year, unlike the present. The total estimate of the project is `196.51 crore. While Ministry of Shipping will pitch in with 50% of the project cost (`98.25 crores), department of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries, MOA&FW and NMPT will provide 45% (`88.43 crores) while the rest of 5% (`9.83 crores) will be funded by the state government.
The MP said the tenders for the port construction will start once the rainy season ends and the works will be completed in two years time.
The project will come up on 11 acres of land situated in Kulai and Hosabettu villages. The said land is free from encroachment and encumbrances has been handed over to the centre by the state government.
The new port can accommodate 275 to 325 fishing boats thereby reducing pressure on Mangaluru fishing harbour and lessening the inconvenience and security risk at New Mangalore Port. The project will give employment to 2,500 local fishermen of Sasihitlu, Thokkottu, Suratkal, Baikampady, Panambur, Tanniru Bavi and Chitrapur. The port consists of two fish auctioning yards, separate yards to repair fishing nets and boats.