Fear of Loss of Livelihood Still Looms over Fisherfolk as Industry Body Plans to Open Textile Park in Surat

Location of Conflict

Olpad

Surat

This is A Schedule Five District

Region Classification

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Textile

Textile

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Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

State

Gujarat

Sector

Industry

Starting Year

2017

People Affected
by Conflict

5799

Investment Affected (in Crores)

2000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

809

Fisherfolk are at the risk of losing their livelihood as the South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry is planning to set up a mega textile park in Pinjrat. Fisherfolk and villagers had threatened to carry out an agitation protesting against the project in April 2017. According to reports, the park will allegedly destroy the mangroves in the area, and falls within 500 metres of the Coastal Regulatory Zone and this could in turn affect the livelihoods of fisherfolk. In September 2018, when Land Conflict Watch spoke to the Deputy Secretary General of SGCCI, Deepak Menon, he said that talks were still going on to implement the project. Local fisherfolk from the coastal villages in Olpad taluka of Surat had sought immediate intervention of the Gujarat Industries and Mines Department in April 2017 to stop the process of allotting Government Land in Pinjrat village to a mega textile park. The park will be built by Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry . According to reports, Gujarat Khedut Samaj President Jayesh Patel met SGCCI officials on 13th April 2017 and handed them a memorandum bearing signatures of fisherfolk living in Olpad taluka. Patel stated that as per the Surat Urban Development Authority plan, the land being considered for the project is near the coastal area and under intertidal zone. Further, the project land falls within the 500 metre area of Coastal Regulatory Zone. Any commercial activity within 500 meter of High Tide Line is prohibited. Fisher folks fear that their access to the waters will be restricted due to the project and this, in turn, will affect their livelihood. As per an article dated 15 June, 2018, the project is still in its planning stage as even textile mill owners are unwilling to shift to Pinjrat.

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2000

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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