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India’s Mumbai coastal road project work leaves fisherfolk in uncharted waters by Prayag Arora-Desai May 04,2021   |  Source: Hindustan Times

Despite two Covid-related lockdowns in the last year, work on the city’s Coastal Road has continued at a swift pace. At least 217 acres of land has so far been reclaimed from the Arabian Sea for the project, with an additional 50-odd acres yet to be created. Officials estimate that about 30 percent of the work has been completed. The ‘Mavala’ underground tunnel boring machine (TBM) also continues to excavate earth from under Malabar Hill, at a pace of 7 metres (m) every day. About 330m of tunnelling has been finished presently. While the project is at least two years away from completion, land reclamation along the Worli coast has already begun impacting the livelihoods of fisherfolk, with women and small fishermen’s incomes being the first to be hit. For decades, these groups within the broader fishing community have conducted their trade almost entirely along the rocky shore between Nepean Sea Road and Worli. They largely include the Kolis, but also consist of members of the Agri and Christian communities who practice artisanal fishing. Boat owners, labourers, migrant workers, daily-wage or subsistence fishers, net-menders, oyster pickers and other vocations tied to the artisanal fishing trade have all been affected by the loss of these coastal commons, HT learnt

Theme(s): Others, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Landing Centres, Fisheries Resources, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Communities and Organisations, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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