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Mumbai’s fishers relieved after courts pause the coastal road project

Infra News - Published on Wed, 14 Aug 2019

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Mongabay reported that July Bombay High Court order stopping on all activities related to the coastal road project in Mumbai has provided temporary relief to the Koli community of Mumbai, a traditional fishing community living in constant fear that the project would wipe away their livelihood. 15,000 families of the Koli community, considered the original inhabitants of Mumbai, who stay along the coast of western Mumbai and are living with the sword of the upcoming coastal road project hanging over their necks. The 35-kilometre-long road along Mumbai’s western coast threatens the livelihood of the fishermen as it would block their access to the sea and deplete the fish stock that they have been dependent on for decades.

A temporary relief of sorts for the community, however, came on July 16, when the Bombay High Court passed an order to stop the ongoing work on the coastal road with immediate effect as the environment clearances taken were not in accordance with the requisite procedures. The court directed the project authorities to seek appropriate environment clearance along with wildlife clearance. The state government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have appealed in the Supreme Court against the high court’s order. The case is now pending in the apex court.

The order of the high court was a result of several petitions which were clubbed together. The Worli Koliwada Nakhwa Matsya Vyavasaay Sahakari Society Ltd was one of the petitioners.

The Mumbai coastal road project, which will connect Nariman Point in south Mumbai to Kandivali in northwest Mumbai, will be a 35-km long road and will be built on reclaimed land. It is expected to cost INR 150 billion and is expected to be completed by 2022.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Wed, 14 Aug 2019
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