MP assures removal of silt from fishing ponds
VASHI: Taking a leaf out of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu models, MP Rajan Vichare has assured the removal of silt from fishing ponds along the creek and infrastructure facelift to give a leg-up to the fishing community in Navi Mumbai.
If the promises are fulfilled, other fishermen in the state are likely to follow suit.
The proposal, which came after the fishermen met Vichare and apprised him of their grievances last week, is expected to generate foreign exchange for the community.
He also pledged to provide the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund to beef up infrastructure.
“Navi Mumbai is known as the city of the 21st century. However, people on whose land the city has been built are still fighting for the resolution of their issues,” he said, adding that these steps were aimed at making Navi Mumbai fishermen as role models.
“Soon I will hold a meeting
with the mangroves department. I am also working on providing a global market to the fishing community here,” he said.
Makrand Ghodke, forest officer who was present at the meeting, initially stated that the norms do not permit the
removal of silt in mangrove areas. Vichare then questioned the illegal encroachments, destruction of mangrove and other violations in such areas. He demanded that the department resolve fishing community’s problems. Ghodke then assured that a positive decision on removal of silt from the fishing ponds along the creeks will be taken soon.
“The fishing community will be trained. They will also be given information on government schemes and how they can benefit from it,” Ghodke said.
“Our demand for the removal of silt from the creek area has been pending since 1970. We are hopeful that action will be taken now,” said Vasudev Veta, president of Ranjandev Matsyasheti Prakalp Seva Sanstha.
Workers clean a pond at Vashi as part of pre-monsoon drive.