State fisheries minister Chandra Nath Sinha inaugurated a dry dock at Kakdwip, South 24 Parganas. The dock will help the fishermen to repair their trawlers and other instruments. The fisheries department spent Rs 3 crore to prepare this dry dock, where most of the residents are fishermen.
“Most of the residents in Kakdwip and Diamond Harbour are fishermen. They have to travel a long way to repair their trawlers, boats and fishing instruments. This port will have most of the facilities for repairing big boats, trawlers and fishing instruments,” said the Fisheries minister.
The fishermen in the area are happy with the effort. “We expected this kind of development from the state government. Earlier Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised us of setting up this dock. She kept her promise,” said Raju Bera, a fisherman.
The fishermen also said that the new dock will help them save money. “We spent few thousands to carry those big boats in East Midnapore and Kolkata for repairing. Most of the fishermen could not bear the expenditure,” said Monotosh Jana, a fisherman.
However, the state government took just a year to complete the work.