The Mandovi Fishermen Jetty

by Tulsi Vadalia
Instructors: Uday Andhare, Sankalpa
14 June 2018

The Betim Fishermen Jetty and Cooperative can be located beside a dense cluster of busy trawlers on the Mandovi estuary, under the Panjim-Porvorim bridge, Goa.

Present Site Condition – What used to be a high functioning fishing jetty with 150 trawlers, a chaotic fish market and a family of supporting economies (net mending sheds and gear shops) scattered in this fishing village, is right now ‘fitting-out’ in its context of luxury resorts and off-shore casinos dotted on and along the Mandovi.

Tourism Factor Effect – This gradual encroachment has led to many fishermen shifting to the tourism sector to make up for the fall in income and inability to survive the competition and has caused many such social and economic issues. Right now the site has lost its rigor in functioning, with the western half of the site bought by Deltin Royale.

Challenge - The challenge for the fishermen right now is to survive in this competition with the tourism sector.

Opportunity - The project builds around the idea to restore this dynamic, energetic character and functioning of the Mandovi jetty, by adding a layer of reinforcement, in the form of a series of dining decks run by the local fishermen and their families, as an extension to the same cooperative. This diversion would run parallel to the fishing activity on the jetty, with controlled overlap in the movement patterns of both these diverse functions, complementing the working of both.

Larger Aim - The building aims to set an example for the many marginalized fishing communities in Goa.




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