‘Livelihood threat’: Worli fishermen community writes to Chief Minister, demands change in Coastal Road Project

Fearing that the work on the coastal road would permanently affect the routes of their boats, the fishermen community of Worli Koliwada wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for a plan to widen the gap between the two pillars of the proposed bridge under the project. Design changes demanded.

The letter submitted on Monday said that as promised by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that their project will not hamper the livelihood of the community, the ongoing work has disrupted their boat routes and fishing area in Worli. Have given.

BMC is constructing a 10.58-km coastal road from the Princess Street flyover at Marine Drive to the Worli end of the flyover on the city’s west coast.

According to the BMC’s proposal, the distance between the two pillars is 60 meters, although the letter demands that this gap be increased to 200 meters so that the movement of their boats is not obstructed.

“One of the conditions while granting approval for the project by the Coastal Regulation Zone Authority was that bridges with navigable span should be provided by the BMC so that there is no hindrance to the fishing boats.
It will also harm future fishing activities and it will be especially dangerous when the sea is stormy as there will hardly be any navigation space,” said Nitesh Patil, secretary, Worli Koliwada Nakhawa Fisheries Cooperative Society Ltd.

He further said in the letter, “We are requesting the administration to discuss our problems as this will destroy our livelihood almost permanently as there will be no navigation space with such a short distance. Even on 18 October, when the weather was stormy, the tugs and other equipment were moved elsewhere by the contractors because they realized that it would be dangerous in such weather and with such a short navigation period how can we do our fishing activity in the future. can. ”

Meanwhile, fishermen have also complained that the BMC is yet to clear the anchors and boats that are obstructing and damaging their fishing nets and boat routes.