Kottayam, Sep 15: The state government has lined up projects worth Rs 22.20 crore to improve basic amenities and infrastructure facilities for fishing comunity in Kottayam district, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise Shri K Babu said today.
Inaugurating a modernized fish market constructed by the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC) at Changanassery, he said projects worth Rs 8.65 crore had already been completed.
“KSCADC’s continuing developmental activities aim to improve the amenities of the people residing in the coastal areas,” the minister said. “Projects worth Rs 7.21 crore, including those on drinking water and electrification at Vaikkom, are at different stages of implementation. Also, three modernized fish markets and anganwadi projects are coming up.”
The market at Changanassery, 20 km south of here, is part of a chain of 41 hygienic fish markets being set up by the government-owned KSCADC across Kerala at a total cost of Rs 78 crore.
The market building, which has been constructed with support from the central and state governments, comprises a retail block and an auction block built in a space of 767.6 sq metres and 577.90 sq metres respectively. Completed at an overall project outlay of Rs 3.57 crore, the two-storeyed auction block houses an auction hall, 11 wholesale stalls, flake-ice unit and an office room. The retail block has 48 retail units, cold store and effluent treatment plant.
Hon’ble MP Shri Kodikunil Suresh was the chief guest for the inauguration ceremony. Hon’ble MLA Shri C F Thomas presided over the function. KSCADC Managing Director Dr K Ampady presented the report.
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