Ernakulam: The dream of a fishing harbour for traditional fishermen living along the 26-km coastal line between South Chellanam and Fort Kochi as well as those in the coastal villages of Arthunkal, Ottamassery, and Andhakaranazhi was realised on Monday with the inauguration of the Chellanam fishing harbour.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the harbour, the demand for which had been rife for nearly a decade.
The new harbour has facilities, including approach roads as well as a wharf and auction halls.
A communication from the Public Relations Department said that the harbour would provide direct employment to 9,000 persons while generating 13,000 indirect jobs. The facility was constructed at a cost of Rs 50 crore.
Fishers from Chellanam, Maruvakkad, Kandakkadavu, Kannamali, and Cheriyakadavu will immediately benefit from the project.