The long persuasion of fishermen from Juvvaladinne village at Bogole in Nellore is slowly bearing fruit. A mini fishing harbor at a budgeted cost of Rs 133 Cr has been proposed by the AP State Govt. The harbor has been pitched to be constructed at the village that will largely improve the income generation and living conditions of the fishermen families in the vicinity.
The harbour has been planned at the point where the Chippaleru stream originating from upland areas in Jaladanki ultimately joins the Bay of Bengal.
The AP State Fisheries Department had sent the proposal to the Central government, and is awaiting approval. Technical permissions are also being awaited. The department officials have duly notified fishermen’s associations that the approval was expected to go through along with fund allocations. Once done, the harbour work would commence in an organized manner.
This move was chartered by the Fishermen’s Cooperative Society. The fishermen seek immediate steps for speeding up the process. Creation of good infrastructure will greatly boost the prospects for them.
To this effect, an extensive survey has been done for Juvvaladinne harbor, to meet the feasibility. The Centre had also requested a feasibility report from the Central Institute of Coastal Engineering for Fisheries (CICEF). The location has been planned in such a way that harbour gains good visibility and acts as a stable base.
Earlier, this harbour was proposed at Muthukur area near Krishnapatnam. This move did not go through following the coming up of a major port.
The mini harbour has been a decades-long project for the fishermen along the long coastal belt in Nellore district. They have been facing constant difficulties due to lack of standard facilities. A mini harbor will solve a lot of problems, such as facilities of a safe place during cyclones and bad weather. Features like foot bridges, jetties, anchorage, fish landing and chartered distribution points will make their life easier.