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Tamil Nadu: Fishermen come together to construct mini harbour September 16,2019   |  Source: The Hindu

Fishermen of Nambiar Nagar in Nagapattinam district are contributing a whopping Rs 11.43 crore towards construction of a mini fishing harbour in their village. This, they hope will help bring to an end a long time enmity with their neighbours Akkaraipettai and also improve their livelihood.

The facility, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 34.30 crore under Namakku Naame scheme (self sufficiency scheme), would allow 66 mechanised and 252 fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) boats to be safely anchored. S. Kumar, president, Nambiar Nagar Fishermen Cooperative Society, said that they were unable to use the Akkaraipettai harbour due to various reasons.

“We have been asking for a fishing harbour. We already have a landing centre, so the government agreed to grant funds for dredging, construction of wharf and other facilities. We spoke with people and all families decided to give Rs 1 lakh each towards the construction. Of the 1,200 families, 200 paid in cash and those who could not pay, took loans from a bank through the village panchayat. We will collect 2% to 4% of the sale proceeds and repay the loan,” said Mr. Kumar.

Sources in the Fisheries Department said that the State government has sanctioned Rs 22.86 crore under the scheme for the year 2018-19. “About 5,000



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