South Bengal: A major fishery project is coming up at Tapandighi in Dakshin Dinajpur district, at an investment of Rs 54 crore. It would cover an area of 108.52 acres, 85 acres of which would comprise of water bodies. The project is being undertaken by the Bengal Government’s Fisheries Department.
The project would be a fish hub, and would thus enable several activities under one roof – cultivating fish, selling to wholesalers, long-term storage in modern cold storages, processing and packaging of fish, making arrangements for transporting to various markets, etc. Fish sellers from other places would be able to sell their catch to wholesalers too, for which a building called Action House would be constructed.
The State Fisheries Development Corporation, which is under the Fisheries Department, is the agency overseeing the hands-on work. Being a project at such a large scale, it is expected to take three years for completion.
Besides the fishery project, there would also be an eco-park and a biodiversity park. These would attract tourists and would form a source of income for the hub. Infrastructure would be constructed for the boarding of 25 to 30 tourists at one go.
This project would establish the primacy of fish cultivators and sellers of Bengal in the fish trade in northern Bengal and north-eastern India. It would also ensure the employment of about 1,000 people.