Mangaluru, Oct 01, 2016: District in-charge and minister for forest, environment and ecology B Ramanath Rai said the trade relation of Mangaluru with Lakshadweep has a history of centuries. Lakshadweep administration and the Karnataka Port department will jointly construct the jetty, passengers’ waiting complex, goods sheds and other facilities at a cost of Rs 50 crore. Port department will provide 8,000 square metres land to Lakshadweep administration for the purpose.
Port City’s trade relation with Lakshadweep Island will get a boost with the construction of a dedicated jetty for ships at Old Port in Mangaluru. The Minister said that goods are being exported to Lakshadweep in large quantity from Mangaluru. Hence, state government has given nod to construct a dedicated jetty for vessels at Old Port in association with Lakshadweep administration, adding that construction of a full-fledged jetty is a long pending demand. Mangalore Today has often projected the traditional connections of South Kanara with the Lakshadweep.
While land has been reserved for the construction of harbour, other peripheral infrastructure will also be developed for traders, passengers, and officials of Lakshadweep administration. "The construction of a dedicated jetty will enhance the trade relation between Mangaluru and Lakshadweep," Rai said.
In fact, Dakshina Kannada Coastal Regulation Zone Management Committee had decided to grant a no objection certificate (NOC) to Lakshadweep administration for the construction of their office and other amenities at Old Port in the city in June 2015. Committee had resolved to grant NOC at a meeting convened by the then deputy commissioner Adoor B Ibrahim. The minister said the work will be expedited once all formalities are completed.