The construction work of the Mawella Fishing Anchorage commenced Sunday (December 06) under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The proposed anchorage will include a 260-meter main breakwater, two offshore breakwaters and an access canal to facilitate navigation.
It is expected to provide a secure livelihood for the fishermen as well as their families by providing facilities for 350 fiberglass vessels with external engines as well as safe access for the vessels. It also will provide facilities for multi-day fishing vessels to engage in fishing activities.
The construction of the proposed Mawella fishing anchorage is expected to provide livelihood to about 1500 people and will make the fishing activities of the fishing community more productive.
The construction is expected to be completed within 15 months at an estimated cost of Rs. 380.07 million.
The construction of the Rekawa fishing anchorage also commenced today under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Its construction is expected to be completed within a year. The proposed fishing berth, located between Tangalle and Hambantota fishing harbors, will have a 300 meter breakwater, a 75 meter sand breakage and an access canal to facilitate navigation.
The construction of the berth will provide livelihood to over 1500 people and will enable about 70 multi-day vessels to engage in fishing. The estimated cost is over 379 million rupees.
The Prime Minister also distributed a fishing vessel worth Rs. 750,000 and fishing gear to each of the 26 fishermen affected by the fire at the Kalametiya fishing harbor.