The harbour’s facilities will be designed to accommodate 1,600 motor boats, nearly three to four times the anchoring capacity of the current harbour. The harbour is being made to accommodate different sizes of motor boats. “We are planning to complete the harbour within two years,” said YSRC’s Rajya Sabha member, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana who had strongly lobbied to attain funds for the project.
Mopidevi, who hails from the fishermen community and has represented the Repalle constituency which covers Nizamapatnam, said the construction of the fishing harbour’s second phase was a promise made by chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s promise to local fishermen which he has fulfilled by giving the green light for the project.
The second phase of the harbour is expected to benefit fishermen from Guntur and Prakasam districts who were otherwise finding it difficult to anchor their boats during bad weather.
The harbour has been planned to include more facilities such as cold storage units, boat parking areas, boat repair shops, rest rooms for fishermen among others.
“A separate fish handling and auction hall will also come up as part of the second phase project,” said fisheries joint director, AV Raghava Reddy. He added that a drying yard, fresh water and sea water overhead tank will also be constructed.
The government is also setting up three separate aqua testing laboratories in the district for the benefit of the industry and fishermen. While one laboratory in Ponnur is already up and running, three new ones will come up at Repalle, Bapatla, and Vinukonda. The laboratories will help test aqua feed and prevent supply of adulterated feed.