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Maharashtra: Fisherfolk write to Uddhav Thackeray, voice objections to coastal zone management plan by Prayag Arora-Desai October 05,2021   |  Source: The Hindustan Times

Members of the Mumbai’s fishing community who are objecting to the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) for Mumbai — which was recently approved by the union ministry for environment and climate change — wrote to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday, voicing specific concerns and demands in the matter. While the approved CZMP has been welcomed by builders as it will open up large tracts of coastal land for real estate projects, fisherfolk fear that the plan will facilitate land grabs in and around koliwadas, and degrading fishing commons by putting them in close proximity to development activities. “We wish to bring to your notice that the MoEFCC, Govt of India, has recently approved the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) prepared by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) for Mumbai City and Suburbs. This is a serious attack on our rights under the CRZ regime and will have far reaching negative impacts on fishing, fishing communities and the coastal environment of Mumbai,” stated Monday’s letter, authored by Devendra Tandel, chairman of the Akhil Maharashtra Machimaar Kruti Samiti. Speaking to Hindustan Times on Monday, Tandel alleged the recently sanctioned CZMP to be in violation of not only the overarching Coastal Regulatory Zone (2019)

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