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Gujarat: Dumping Jetpur’s effluents in deep sea worries fishermen by Nimesh Khakhariya June 10,2021   |  Source: The Times of India

The fishing community along the Saurahstra coast and environment activists have expressed concern over the state government’s plan to dump the effluent from industries in Jetpur, Rajkot into deep sea near Porbandar. The Gujarat government has proposed a Rs 700 crore pipeline project to transport treated water from the common effluent treatment plants (CETP) in Jetpur to Porbandar. The fishing community has raised concern over the impact of the project on future of fishing industry that thrives on exports to Europe and US. They apprehend that dumping of effluent into deep sea will not only adversely impact the fish population but also contaminate the marine organisms. According to fishermen, the project will affect fishing activity in Porbandar, Veraval, Mangrol and Okha, where over 30,000 people are engaged directly with the fishing business. Fish production along Saurashtra coast is about 6 lakh tonnes per year, out of which 2 lakh tonnes is exported resulting in earning of Rs 5,000 crore annually. Shree Akhil Gujarat Macchimar Mahamandal (AGMM), representing the fishing community in the state, on Monday, wrote to chief minister Vijay Rupani demanding suspension of the effluent pipeline project. “The fishermen community is already in financial distress due to Covid-induced

 

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