The proposed fisheries harbour at Kulai in Mangaluru taluk will be able to accommodate around 350 fishing boats, according to Nalin Kumar Kateel, Member of Parliament from Dakshina Kannada.
Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Kateel said the number of fishing boats in the region has increased over the years. Old Mangalore Port is the only fisheries harbour in the taluk as of now.
He said the Centre has decided to take up the construction of fisheries harbour at Kulai, near New Mangalore Port, at a cost of ₹196 crore.
When Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari was informed of the importance of the project for coastal Karnataka, he agreed to include it under the Sagarmala project.
Of the total project cost, 45 per cent will be contributed by the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT), and 5 per cent by the State government. The remaining amount will be contributed by the ministries concerned under the Sagarmala project, Kateel said.
Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for the project through videoconferencing on Tuesday. Kateel said NMPT will manage the fisheries harbour project at Kulai in Mangaluru taluk.
To be located 4.5 km north of New Mangalore Port, the Kulai fisheries harbour will come up on an area of 11 acres. The Union Shipping Ministry has set May 2022 as the target month for the completion and commissioning of the fisheries harbour.
Breakwater construction will be taken up under the phase 1 of the project. Tender has already been awarded for the construction of the breakwater, Kateel added.