MP as­sures re­moval of silt from fish­ing ponds

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Work­ers clean a pond at Vashi as part of pre-mon­soon drive.

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