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Kerala: Fishers’ fight for livelihood ends on a happy note January 13,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

Their stake nets were dislodged for construction of resort. The family of Sailan A.K. was among several fishers who made a living by fishing with stake nets close to Nediyathuruthu island in Vembanad Lake till 2007. In 2007, the 11.5-acre island was bought by Kapico Kerala Resorts Private Limited. It soon started constructing villas there.

The project, however, changed the life of fisher families in the area after 13 licensed stake nets were removed for the construction of the resort. “We used to fish using stake nets near Nediyathuruthu island before the construction of the resort. For several decades, it was our main source of income. We lost our livelihood after the nets were dislodged. We are delighted our fight against the illegal resort ended on a happy note,” says Mr. Sailan.

After the families lost their livelihood, K.R. Ratheesh, a relative of Sailan, moved the Cherthala munsif court in 2008, demanding that the villas constructed in violation of the Coastal Zone Regulation (CRZ) Act on the island be demolished. The petition also sought damages and restoration of nets. However, the court dismissed the petition. After the Cherthala sub-court issued a stop-memo to Kapico in 2010, the legal battle soon reached the Kerala High Court. In the meantime, the Kerala

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