Home / Politics / News /  AP govt mulls constructing 12 jetties across state, plans to develop 3 ports

HYDERABAD : The Andhra Pradesh (AP) government on Friday announced that it plans to construct 12 jetties across the state, including one at Manchineellapeta in Srikakulam district, which has the longest coastline in AP. Chief minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, during a review meeting with the Animal Husbandry and Fisheries department directed officials to create an action plan to complete the construction of jetties in a specific time frame in the state.

During the meeting, Jagan Mohan Reddy told state officials that the government is firm on developing three ports in AP, and to make Machillipatnam (Krishna district) a major port. The chef minister, according to a statement from his office, also told officials that the government should build jetties and fishing harbours where fishermen are seeking them. He also discussed the matter of constructing a harbour near Bheemli in Visakhapatnam district.

The authorities from the department brought to the chief minister’s notice that there are about 25,000 Telugu fishing families in Gujarat who are unemployed and migrated. He was apprised that the state government can bring them by providing them with the necessary facilities for fishing. Jagan Mohan Reddy, in response asked them to take necessary actions for providing opportunities to the migrated families.

“Steps should be taken to set up workshops by January to educate aqua-farmers on fish and prawns. Seed and feeds must be of quality. There should be no adulteration anywhere. Employees of Village Secretariats in aqua regions are from respective aqua fields. It is the responsibility of the authorities to provide them with proper training and ensure the well-being of the farmers" he said, according to the statement, which added that the previous Telugu Desam Party-led government had given permissions to set up pharma companies in the hatchery zones in East Godavari district.

Stating that pharma companies are polluting the sea in that zone, Jagan Mohan Reddy added that once an area is declared as a hatchery zone, no other industries should be given permission in that area. According to the AP government’s website, the state has 14 notified non-major ports and one major port (Visakkhapatnam) along its 974 KM coastline.

The 14 notified non-major ports are Bhavanapadu, Meghavaram, Kalingapatnam, Bheemunipatnam, Gangavaram, Nakkapalli, Kakinada SEZ, Kakinada, S. Yanam, Narsapur, Machilipatnam, Nizampatnam, Vadarevu and Krishnapatnam.

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