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Neil jetty to be expanded to facilitate easy maneuvering of Inter Island vessels

Port Blair ,

  Construction of additional approach, extension of berthing area and dredging in front of jetty at Neil Island will be taken up soon. This is being done to facilitate easy maneuvering of Inter Island vessels. Neil Islands is an upcoming and preferred tourist destination after the Havelock Island and the new jetty extension work will facilitate speedier implementation of various developmental schemes, generate employment and meet increased demands of tourism. 
  The fund amounting of Rs. 38.19 crore for the project has been provided by Ministry of Shipping under Central sector Plan Scheme and the project will be executed by the Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works (ALHW), its sources informed 'The Daily Telegrams' here. The period of completion of project is 24 months from the date of commencement of the work, for which e-tendering process as well as obtaining environment clearance are in progress, sources added. 
  The project envisages components such as solid approach - 4.00X5.50 mtr, approach Jetty  - 276 X 5.50 mtr, widening of existing berth - 40 X 5.50 mtr, extension of berthing jetty - 50.50 X 15.00 mtr and dredging- 38593 cum.
  The project has become necessary as vessels encounter difficulty in maneuvering/ berthing in low tides. The present jetty was constructed during 1980's, hence possess danger of getting grounded during inclement weather besides the existing jetty can cater to light vehicles only which leads to restricted utilization of the jetty.