The 2022-2023 budget presented by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday proposed to implement the “Mathsya Siri” scheme to encourage deep-sea fishing along the state’s 300km coastline.
Mr Bommai said the state government, in collaboration with the Pradhan Manthri Mathsya Sampada Yojana, would subsidize the purchase of 100 deep-sea fishing trawlers. This, he said. would help increase the income of fishermen through the production of special breeds of fish and shellfish.
The Chief Minister also announced the dredging of navigation channels at eight fishing ports and fish landing stations along the coast. They include Mangaluru, Malpe, Gangolli, Bhatkal, Tenginagundi, Honnavar and Karwar, according to Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation Chairman Nithin Kumar.
This year, the government will fund the construction of 5,000 homes for fishermen without housing as a priority through the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation, Bommai added. .
Khar land tenure of ₹1,500 crore, under which surge of salt water in rivers is prevented in Uttara Kannada district, would also be extended to Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts during the year, he said.
Apart from expanding Karwar port with the help of the central government, the government would get a feasibility report prepared to develop multi-purpose ports at Malpe and Byndoor in Udupi district, Bommai said. A state-of-the-art fishing port would be built at Majali in Uttara Kannada at an estimated cost of ₹250 crore with the help of the Center under the Prabhan Mantri Mathsya Sampada Yojana.
Mr. Bommai also proposed to develop Keni-Belekeri New Port in Uttara Kannada district under PPP model to boost economic activities in the region. He also proposed to develop the port of Tadadi in the district as an integrated ecotourism center. A maritime and fisheries training institute will also be set up in Karwar, the chief minister said.
Apart from the fisheries sector, Mr. Bommai has offered to establish ‘Beyond Bengaluru Cluster Seed Fund for Start-ups’ in Mangaluru with Hubballi and Mysuru and has provided ₹12 crore for this year.
A Kannada Bhavana in Kasargod in the name of the late Kayyara Kinhanna Rai and Sri Narayana Guru Residential School, one each in Dakshina kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Shivamogga districts were some other proposals.