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Nagapattinam port development work begins

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NAGAPATTINAM, SEPT.20. The Nagapattinam port development work has begun and Rs.5 crores will be spent for strengthening the north and south breakwaters and deepening bar channel at the port, M. Veera Shanmugha Moni, Collector, said on Sunday.

Talking to The Hindu, he said the Government had sanctioned Rs.5 crores following a representation by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Fishermen Association to the Chief Minister for taking up development works to ensure safe operation of barges and fishing vessels.

The port situated 266 km south of Chennai could handle both passenger and cargo traffic. The depth of the bar channel had decreased because of littoral drift, which caused formation of sand pit. The operation of cargo boats and fishing vessels had been affected by inadequate depth.

The Collector said the work would be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, the existing north breakwater would be strengthened by 12 m and south breakwater would be extended to 70 m at a cost of Rs. one crore. This project would be executed in 12 months and on completion, the depth of channel would be expected to increase by two metres.

In the second phase, the breakwaters would be extended up to a natural depth of three metres. Dredging of the channel would be undertaken at a cost of Rs. four crores and completed in 18 months.

After completion of the work, the fishermen could have a safe and quick access to sea in all weather conditions and fishing vessels of larger capacities and small size trawlers would be allowed to use the harbour facilities.

More quantity of different types of cargoes such as agro products, sugar, cement, molasses etc., could be sent from the port and it is expected that above five lakh tonnes of cargo could be handled.

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