Mumbai oil spill: Fishermen demand compensation

The fishermen association here on Tuesday sought compensation of Rs 1.20 lakh per fishermen from the state government in the wake of ban on fishing off Mumbai coast to clear oil spill.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 23:39 PM IST

Mumbai: The fishermen association here on Tuesday
sought compensation of Rs 1.20 lakh per fishermen from the
state government in the wake of ban on fishing off Mumbai
coast to clear oil spill following collision between two
ships.

"We have asked the state government to give compensation
of Rs 1.20 lakh to 2,000 smaller fishermen and Rs 10,000 to
the women selling fish in the city. The incident affected the
business of the community and hence they are entitled to
compensation," Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kriti Samiti,
President, Damodar Tandel told reporters here.

The association has demanded compensation of Rs 500
per day for women fishermen for 20 days as they were
restricted from selling fishes.

"Smaller fishermen are virtually threatened with
starvation as they work and earn on a daily basis. The oil
spillage has spelt doom for their trade," Tandel said.

-PTI