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Maharashtra: Koliwadas are Mumbai’s living heritage and must be conserved by Hepzi Anthony September 16,2021   |  Source: Citizen Matters

When fishermen at Worli Koliwada tried to take their boats out to sea in the last week of August, soon after Narali Poornima – a festival that marks the onset of the fishing season – they found that reclamation work had affected the coastline used for docking boats. “They have left us with no space to dock our boats in the shallow waters,” says Sanjay Baikar, secretary of the Vanchit Machimar Worli Haji Ali Sahkari Sansthan Maryadit, an organisation of fishermen. “Where earlier 35 boats would stand, today even 19 boats are finding it difficult to find space in the waters leading to fights and friction within the community,” An estimated ten lakh fishermen reside in Mumbai and there are about 108 fish markets in the city, and their problems are expected to escalate once the controversial coastal road is joined to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. “Once the Coastal Road is connected to the Sea Link, the columns of the link could block the navigation route of the fishermen and make it difficult for their boats to enter the sea,” says Hussain Indorewalla, co-founder of the Collective of Spatial Alternatives, an advocacy group that has been fighting for the rights of the fishing community. Mumbai’s fisherfolk have been protesting developmental projects consistently,

 

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