VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday laid foundation stones for four fishing harbours and 25 aqua hubs to mark World Fisheries Day. The four fishing harbours in Nellore, Guntur, Krishna and East Godavari districts will come up at a cost of Rs 1,510 crore.
The government has proposed to construct a total of eight fishing harbours in the state, for which an estimated 3,000 crore would be spent, to put the maritime wealth of Andhra Pradesh to optimum use.
In the first phase, tenders have been called for four fishing harbours at Juvvaladinne in Nellore, Nizampatnam in Guntur, Machilipatnam in Krishna and Uppada in East Godavari district. The four harbours are scheduled to be completed in the next two years. Tenders for these harbours will be finalized in the second week of December.
Four more harbours would come up at Budagattapalem in Srikakulam, Pudimadaka in Visakhapatnam, Biyyaputippa in West Godavari and Kothapatnam in Prakasam district.
The eight fishing harbours would meet the fishing requirements of 6.3 lakh fishermen across the state. It is expected that an additional 2.37 lakh tonnes of fish and prawn catch worth nearly 500 crore will be added as GVA (gross value addition) to the state and 85,000 direct and indirect employment would be generated.
The government will be developing these green energy harbours with modern facilities such as cold storage units, fish processing units, chill centres, boat handling, and repair facilities. It is planned to provide one or two coastal cargo berths in the fishing harbours wherever feasible to facilitate export operations.