Udupi, Sep 03 2019: Karnataka Minister for Muzrai and Fisheries, Kota Srinivas Poojary and Udupi and DK in-charge, said that he is set to inspect the developmental works in fishing jetties on the coast.
“There are complaints about work being implemented at a snail’s pace,” Poojary said at a meeting of Port and Fisheries department.
The break water work project taken up at a cost of Rs 33 crore at Koderi should have been completed by January end. Sadly, the progress of construction work was below 20%.
Poojary expressed displeasure over the delay and warned of taking stringent action against those responsible for the delay. “The licence of contractors will be cancelled and they would be blacklisted by the government,” he warned.
Dredging at Kodi Kanyana was not done, causing hardship to the fishing boats. Poojary told officials to get permission from CRZ officers to take up desilting.
“The work on Malpe third phase project should be completed by September-end and the harbour should be handed over to Fisheries department. Rs 45 crore was allotted for the construction of the outer layer of the port in the model of Kerala ports. First phase work is carried out. The second phase work should begin immediately in order to be useful to the fishermen,” he said.
“Fishermen in the district were given 170 kilolitres of kerosene. As there are more than 4,000 mechanised country crafts, a proposal will be submitted to the government to increase the kerosene quota to 300 kilo litres,” he added.
Issues that were discussed in the meeting included ‘Matsyashraya Yojana’, ‘engine subsidy’ and ‘relief compensation packages’. The new minister hopes to get cracking and see that things move as needed.