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Kerala: Chinese nets likely to get a facelift soon December 04,2019   |  Source: The Hindu

The decade-long wait by fishers on the Fort Kochi beach front to get lengthy teak logs to renovate the iconic Chinese fishing nets is set to end, with Kerala Tourism getting ready to set the ?2.44 crore project in motion within a fortnight. The Kerala Tourism had entrusted Kerala Industrial and Technology Consultancy Organisation (Kitco) with the task of implementing the project following a fall in the number of nets from 14 over a decade ago to the present eight. The KITCO is set to ink an agreement within a week with the Forest Department to obtain forest teak logs, which had been identified by stakeholders who included a team of net operators.

“The wood will be made available following which an expert team from among the net operators will replace worn-out wooden frames of the Chinese nets with new ones. The work will be monitored by Kitco. Renovation of the nets will give an impetus to both fishing operations and tourism. The net operators will not have to bear any expense,” said R. Rajkumar, Joint Director of Kerala Tourism, which would bear the expense of the cost of teak logs and the labour cost to erect the frames.

The difficulty in sourcing standardised logs and their prohibitive cost had resulted in operators of many nets substituting them with

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