The proposed development of Keri village under the Integrated Modern Coastal Fishing Village component of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) has hit a roadblock as the details of land availability from the Keri panchayat remain pending. “The department of fisheries has requested the village panchayat of Keri to provide the details of land availability for the construction of infrastructure and the corresponding documents of the available land,” fisheries minister Nilkanth Halarnkar told the assembly. “The reply is still awaited.”

Under the centrally funded PMMSY, the fisheries department aims to transform Keri into a model modern coastal fishing village. The village lies in the Mandrem constituency. The plan encompasses need-based facilities such as drinking water supply, sanitation, a community hall, a cyclone shelter, a fish drying unit, and a modern fish retail outlet or market. The estimated project cost is Rs 6.1 crore, with central govt contributing 60% amounting to Rs 450 lakh, and state govt covering the rest. Harlankar informed the House that govt had approved the development of Keri under the PMMSY in Sep 2021.

Darashaw and Company was appointed to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR). The draft DPR outlines key components, including the development of an RCC floating jetty, fish gear storage and net mending shed, the beautification of the fish landing centre, the installation of the cage culture setup, and the construction of a community centre plus Anganwadi. The successful realisation of this initiative remains contingent on the swift resolution of administrative challenges.