Fishermen oppose Mumbai's coastal road plan

PTI Mumbai | Updated on October 30, 2011

Fishermen in Maharashtra have opposed the proposed coastal ring road for Mumbai, saying the move would endanger their livelihood.

Their opposition comes at a time when the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Prithviraj Chavan, is lobbying hard with the Centre for the clearance of the plan.

“The Chief Minister should have consulted fishermen before finalising the coastal road plan,” the President of Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kriti Samiti, Mr Damodar Tandel, said.

“The construction of the coastal road would endanger the livelihood of fishermen and destroy most of the koliwadas (fishermen colonies) in Mumbai,” Mr Tandel told PTI.

There are 5,000 mechanised trawlers in Mumbai and around 8 lakh fishermen stay in 40 koliwadas here, he said.

“We supported the Worli sea link project in the larger interest of the people of Mumbai but we feel no purpose will be served by the coastal road,” he said.

Published on October 30, 2011

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