Fishermen oppose plan to reclaim sea off Mumbai coast

Last Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 12:27

Mumbai: Fishermen have opposed the proposal mooted by a Netherland-based expert to reclaim parts of the Arabian Sea to tide over land shortage in Mumbai.

Dr Ronald Waterman, a coastal development and land reclamation expert who has offered consultancy services to governments and organisations in about 40 countries, had suggested the option during a presentation to Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan on Friday.

"The eight lakh fishermen in Mumbai and the working class in the city will never allow such a proposal," Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kriti Samiti president Damodar Tandel said.

"The government should first look into the problems of Mumbai coast, specially the fact that two to three km of coastline is filled with sludge," Tandel said.

Fishermen are still reeling under the adverse effect of the reclamation at Nariman Point here, he said.

In his presentation, Waterman suggested how the portion of the sea near the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Malabar Hill, Mahim and the port areas could be developed.

In August 2010, Singapore-based consultancy firm Surbana
International, appointed by the state government to suggest a
vision plan for the development of the Mumbai Metropolitan
Region, had also suggested the option of reclaiming parts of
the sea to counter land shortage.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 12:26

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