Paradip: After 20 years the Mahanadi River Mouth is being dredged with a view to facilitate smooth navigation of of fishing vessels.

The Paradip Port Trust(PPT) chairman, Rinkesh Roy, Thursday said that the M/s Reach Dredging Ltd. of Kolkata has been awarded the Rs 15 crore contract for the dredging operations. He said that PPT would fund this project from its own resources. According to him, the dredging work would be completed by Febuarya, 2019

Due to silting of the river mouth, fishing vessels were finding it difficult to operate from the state fishery department’s Fishing Harbour which is located in the right bank of the river about 1 km upstream of the river mouth. The local fishing community has been complaining about the vessels facing hinderance to navigate during approach/exit from the harbour.