Rs 79-cr upgradation for four jetties: Avertano

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VELIM: In what can be a major boost to fishing activities, Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado on Friday said that the tenders for upgradation of four jetties, at a cost of over Rs 79 crore, will be floated immediately after the election code of conduct for zilla panchayat polls is lifted.

Speaking at a function for distribution of insulated boxes to fishermen, Furtado said that with the election code of conduct likely to come into force shortly there may not be sufficient time to float the tenders however it will be done after the election code of conduct is lifted.

Four jetties that will be upgraded are Cutbona at a cost of Rs 29.36 crore, Cortalim at a cost of Rs 4.43 crore, Malim jetty at a cost of Rs 11.55 crore while Chapora jetty will be upgraded at a cost of Rs 32.51 crore with matching grant from Centre-state with a ratio of 75-25 per cent.

At Malim, a T-shaped jetty will be built for landing and berthing of vessels. It will also get a slipway/boat repair ramp which will cater to 380 motorised fishing vessels.

After expansion, 130 motorized fishing vessels will be able to dock at Chapora jetty. As part of expansion of Cortalim jetty, an L-shaped jetty will be built besides other facilities will also be provided. With upgradation of Cortalim jetty, trawlers which are presently operating from Vasco or Malim, will be able to operate from Cortalim.

On the issue of opposition to Cutbona jetty, Furtado said that fishermen need not worry and if they have any doubts, they can be cleared. He called upon the fishing community not to miss out on the central funds and said that the development of Cutbona jetty will benefit the fishing community in the long run.

Furtado also said that the government will consider the demand to enhance insurance, in case of accidental death at sea of fishermen, from Rs 30,000 to Rs 1 lakh. He further said that efforts are underway to provide fish at reasonable rates. He also said that after the election code of conduct is lifted the department will also launch rickshaws for distribution of fish besides launching of trawlers to provide fish at affordable rates.

Speaking on the occasion, local MLA Benjamin Silva said that the government is working to simplify the schemes so that many people can easily avail the benefits. He said that many genuine beneficiaries fail to get benefits of government schemes as the process is quite complicated.