NAGAPATTINAM: A public hearing to probe the feasibility for setting up a fishing harbour at Tharangambadi was convened by the Department of Fisheries at Tharangambadi town on Friday.
Fishermen and public from about 10 fishing hamlets in and around Tharangambadi have put forth a common demand for establishing rubble-mound sea walls to contain the ill effects of sea erosion at the Tharangambadi coast.
Besides, the locals have also urged the Fisheries department to consider their demand of setting up anti-sea erosion wall to preserve the heritage of Dansborg fort situated at Tharangambadi shores.
As per the announcement of Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister K A Jayapal at the State Assembly in April 2013 a feasibility study for establishing fishing harbour at Tharangambadi would be carried out and now the department is pursuing the steps to establish the fishing harbour.
By setting up a fishing harbour at Tharangambadi, it is said that as many as 10 fishing hamlets from Sinoorpettai to Chinangudi in Tharangambadi taluk would get a face lift for a convenient berthing of their fishing vessels.
Presently, as many as 750 fishing boats from the 10 coastal hamlets including 600 Fiber Reinforced Boats and 150 mechanised boats were being berthed at Karaikal, Nagapattinam and Jegathapattinam harbours due to he absence of a fishing harbour at Tharangambadi. ‘By establishing a fishing harbour at Tharangambadi, it would pave way for doubling the employment opportunities to the local youths relying on fisheries.