Solar powered fish dryers would be given to the four cooperative societies of fisherwomen each whose members eke out their living by drying fish, announced collector Pravin Kumar here on Thursday. At a special meeting held to discuss the issues pertaining to the livelihood of fisherwomen here, the collector said that as many as 80 fisherwomen would be benefited from the move. VPT chairman MT Krishna Babu and Visakhapatnam South MLA V Ganesh Kumar also took part in the meeting.
The collector said the fishing harbour was being developed at estimated `2.77 crore in which the TATA group would be a party. Ganesh Kumar said several proposals to the tune of `40 crore had been sent to the government for the development of the harbour. On the pending issues, he said the government had taken an acre of land of the harbour for which it would pay `3.77 crore. If the government releases the funds, an exclusive office campus would also be built for the benefit of fisher women. During the meeting, the officials and the MLA requested the fishermen association leaders to allow the APTDC to operate tourist boats from the fishing harbour to which the association leaders agreed. Earlier, the fishermen association objected the proposal of operating the boats from the fishing harbour.