In a historic move, Chief Minister Jagan of Andhra Pradesh is set to perform the Bhumi Puja today for the long-awaited siltation works in Pulicat Lake, spanning the borders of AP and Tamil Nadu. This initiative, costing 122 crore rupees, aims to enhance employment opportunities for thousands of fishermen and boost tourism in the region.
Pulicat Lake, the country’s second-largest biodiverse saltwater lake, covers 640 square kilometers, with 84 percent in AP and 16 percent in Tamil Nadu. Despite a larger land area in AP, sedimentation in recent decades has led to a decline in saltwater from the sea, impacting fishery resources. However, the government’s commitment to dredging the estuaries signals a positive step toward restoring water potential.
The project includes the construction of a new bridge over the Kalangi River, costing 35 crores, and addresses a long-standing concern for Sullurpet fishermen. The Chief Minister’s promise during the last election to address the issue is now being fulfilled, offering hope for the Pulicat area’s water resources.
The completion of sluice siltation works holds the promise of increased water levels, subsequently boosting fishery wealth and employment for fishing families. Additionally, the Pulicat Lake, with its consistent water levels, is anticipated to become a haven for birds, contributing to the region’s development in terms of tourism.
As Chief Minister Jagan lays the foundation stone on World Fishermen’s Day, the Pulicat Lake rejuvenation project marks a significant milestone, offering a brighter future for both the environment and the communities dependent on its resources.