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DoFARD Secretary suggests temporary berthing site at Gopalpur fishing harbour




 Even as the State Government is planning a new modern fishing harbour outside the Gopalpur Port areas to cater to the needs of the local fishermen community, Secretary Fisheries and Animal Resources Department (DoFARD) Vishal Gagan has asked the Port authorities to do nourishment work near Arjipalli so as to restore berthing facilities for boats for the time being.

Gagan has categorically asked the Gopalpur Port Limited (GPL) authorities to take up the work in a time bound manner to benefit over 50,000 fishermen.

Notably, the old fishing harbour is now non-functional.

As the beach has eroded heavily and it is needed to be stabilized by putting adequate Groynes and sands by-passing the place where the local fishermen can beach their crafts.

A Groyne is a rigid hydraulic structure built from an ocean shore that interrupts water flow and limits the movement of sediment.

It is usually made out of wood, concrete or stone and are generally placed in groups.

Gagan along with his team of officials visited the proposed site for new fishing harbour and the Gopalpur Port areas.

Director Fisheries Bijaya Ketan Upadhyay and other senior officials were present during the visit and review done by the Secretary FARD.

Gagan asked the Port Authorities to do maintenance dredging of the old fishing harbour for the time being so as to maintain a depth of two meters which will also help the fishermen to access the sea during low tide.

`Gagan also asked GPL authorities to bury deeper a dredging pipe in old channel of the old fishing harbor which is causing damage to many fishing boats.

The new harbor will come up at a cost of Rs100 crore behind the Katuru village near Sana Arzipalli -- two Kilometres North of existing fishing harbour.

Further, the existing fishing harbour is inside a port and entry of fishermen is restricted due to security reasons.

Pre-Feasibility study for the site of establishment of alternative fishing harbour was taken up by Ocean Engineering Centre, IIT Chennai.

Detailed field investigation for preparation of Techno Economic Feasibility Report (TEFR) and Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be carried out soon, said sources.

Meanwhile, the DoFARD has asked the Ganjam Collector to provide land schedule for the proposed project – around 23 acre – to facilitate land alienation and forest conversion.

During the visit, Gagan went to the shrimp hatcheries, L Vennamei Shrimp Culture areas and reviewed development of fisheries sector, which has immense potential in the District.

Director Fisheries Upadhyay also presented details on the ongoing schemes and the team visited the water logged area developed under FFDA, said sources.






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