Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari green signals Sassoon Dock redevelopment
Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the modernization and redevelopment work of Sassoon Dock in Mumbai on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
Mumbai’s historic Sassoon Dock is set to go in for a revamp as a modern fishing dock in the country. Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari today green signalled the redevelopment project drawn up by the Mumbai Port Trust. In his address, the Minister laid thrust on increasing exports of marine products and said the Mumbai Port Trust is backing this objective by creating necessary physical infrastructure.
MbPT has appointed Central Institute of Coastal Engineering for Fishery, Bangalore as the Project Management Consultant for preparing the detailed technical report. The redevelopment project is estimated to cost Rs 25.50 crores.
Earlier, the Mumbai Fishermen’s Association submitted a memorandum to the Minister demanding subsidy on diesel used in fishing vessels. They also sought subsidy on fishing implements, on the lines of subsidy extendend to agricultural implements.
Sassoon Dock is among the oldest docks of Mumbai, built in 1875 on reclaimed land in Colaba. It was built by Albert Abdul Sassoon, son of David Sassoon, who was the leader of the Jewish community in Bombay (Mumbai). It is the main fish loading and trading centre in the city.