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Maharashtra's Coastal Road: Worli Koliwada fishermen urge Aaditya to stop reclamation at Worli seaface February 21,2020   |  Source: The Indian Express

Fearing risk to their livelihood, fishermen from Worli Koliwada have urged state Environment and Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray to stop reclamation at Worli seaface for the ambitious Coastal Road project until the Supreme Court gives its final judgment. The fishermen have suggested that the road be supported on stilts, instead of the authorities pressing ahead with reclamation at Worli seaface, to minimise damage to active fishing zones. The fishermen claimed that for more than a month, they were trying to meet Aaditya but there has been no response from his office. Aaditya, who is the youngest minister in the state cabinet, is also the MLA from Worli.

The Worli Koliwada Nakhawa Matsya Vyvsay Sahkari Society, which has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against the reclamation, said they were not opposed to the project but only want the authorities to work with the community to arrive at sustainable alternatives that allows development while safeguarding biodiversity and the livelihood of fishermen. Last month, the fishermen body had written to CM Uddhav Thackeray and Aaditya, seeking a meeting to discuss their concerns over the project. “We had written on January 6 to Uddhav and Aaditya. On January 10, Aaditya came to Worli Koliwada for a festival. I met him and

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