Submitted model village proposal plan

Kerala government received final plan document to convert Chellanam into an eco-friendly model fishing village . The Chellanam model village project included 213 project proposals, which were completed in two to three years .

On Friday, the government received the final plan document to convert Chellanam into an eco-friendly model fishing village, which was jointly prepared by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (Kufos) and Kerala State Coastal Development Corporation (KSCADC).The Chellanam model village project included 213 project proposals, which were completed in two to three years.According to the total amount, Rs 421.5 crore will be disbursed to the pending projects of various departments.The remaining funds will be needed to be gathered for the completion of the project.

The project also sought to enable pokkali cultivation in 500 hectares, as well as vegetable and coconut farming.The study also sought to relocate 705 families living within the 50-meter water line to safer locations.The other proposals in the report are presented in the form of improved internet connectivity, uninterrupted water and electricity supply, solar power generation, value addition and improvement in agri-fish product quality, improvement of health facilities, and the development of educational facilities, such as the establishment of a school and college, economic empowerment of women, information dissemination, and knowledge empowerment of fisherfolk, according to industries minister P Rajeeve, speaking at the function hosted for the publication of the report.According to him, the state government has planned schemes worth Rs 5,400 crore for the improvement of the state's ecologically fragile coastal areas.Meanwhile, the areas where the tetrapods were installed were relatively dry without any sea erosion.

By constructing a seawall using tetrapods, the region from Chellanam Harbour to Puthenthode has been protected from sea erosion.The tetrapod installation is based on a report published by the Chennai-based National Centre for Coastal Research and carried out by the irrigation department's anti-sea erosion project management unit.