The government is considering to bring Nivati-Medha breakwater harbour in the Konkan region under the 12 champion sector initiatives of the commerce ministry in order to expedite its construction.
Under the 12 champion sector initiatives, the central government has approved a Rs 5,000 crore to promote the sectors which include IT, tourism and hospitality.
Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said that a proposal has already been submitted to the Maharashtra Maritime Board in this regard.
"Prabhu directed concerned officials to expedite the construction of the breakwater harbour once the Maharashtra Maritime Board approves the proposal," the ministry said in a statement.
It added that in the absence of such a harbour, the financial condition of fishermen in the area is deteriorating as they are totally dependent on the vagaries of the sea.
"Building of the breakwater harbour will help the fishermen to haul abetter catch even in adverse conditions and also give a boost to the tourism industry by allowing cruise ships to dock at the harbour. Other tourism activities will also get a fillip," it added.
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