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Maharashtra: South Mumbai fish vendors oppose BMC plan to relocate them to Airoli July 12,2019   |  Source: The Times of India

For several decades they plied their trade in South Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Mandai located near Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market or Crawford Market. Now, the nearly 1,000 fish vendors feel like fish out of water themselves. On July 3, the BMC issued a notice asking them to vacate the building, which has been declared dilapidated, in a month. What has come as a bigger blow is the alternative location offered.

The civic body wants to shift them to Airoli Naka in Navi Mumbai. The move has met with stiff resistance and the community has shot off a letter to the BMC's market department, stating displacing them in such a manner is "unacceptable". Damodar Tandel, president of Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kruti Samiti, said their business will take a major hit if they are shifted. "We have sought an appointment with the BMC commissioner. Vendors from across the city come here to buy at wholesale rates. Asking us to move to such a far flung location will affect business as we may not get buyers." He said they were also opposed to the BMC's decision to not relocate them back into the market.

The fish market, operational since Independence, is the only retail and wholesale market in the city. It receives over 150 trucks of fish and has 600 licenced fisher women and 400

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