Puducherry Fishing Harbour at Thengaithittu in India is being reconstructed and modernised, under the World Bank-funded Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy has laid the foundation for the Rs 11 crore (approximately USD173,000) project, reports The New Indian Express, which includes construction of a modern mechanised slipway with winch rooms, boat making and repair yard and extension of the existing quay.

The extension of the existing quay will accommodate the increasing number of fishing boats and will provide them with suitable berthing and landing facilities.

A new chill/ice plant has also be inaugurated to supply 50 tonnes of ice per day. The 800m2 plant has a 54 tonne refrigeration capacity compressor, along with a 120hp motor. It also has sufficient power backup in the form of distributed generation (DG) and solar panels, to meet contingencies in case of power failure.

The ice plant will cater to the needs of boat owners, fish vendors, tradesmen, exporters and others operating in the harbour, and also adjacent landing centres such as Vambakeerapalayam and Veerampattinam. Boat owners from Puducherry, who go on multi-day fishing and deep sea fishing, will benefit from the plant, as they will be able to stock enough ice for their long voyages.