Fisherfolk Fear Livelihood Loss as Industry Body Plans Textile Park in Surat

Reported by

Aditi Patil

Published on

April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

Updated on

April 21, 2017

Location of Conflict

Olpad

Surat

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Textile

Textile

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

5799

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

809

ha

Starting Year

2017

State

Gujarat

Sector

Industry

Fisherfolk are at the risk of losing their livelihood as the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) 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. Local fisherfolk from the coastal villages in Olpad tehsil in Surat had sought immediate intervention of the Gujarat Industries and Mines Department to stop the process of allotting government land in Pinjrat village for the mega textile park. According to reports, Gujarat Khedut Samaj President Jayesh Patel met SGCCI officials on April 13, 2017, and handed them a memorandum bearing signatures of fisherfolk living in Olpad. Patel stated that as per the Surat Urban Development Authority plan, the land being considered for the project is near the coastal area and falls under the intertidal zone. Further, the project land falls within the 500metre mark of the Coastal Regulatory Zone. The law prohibits any commercial activity within 500 metres of the High Tide Line. Fisherfolk fear that their access to the waters will be restricted due to the project and this, in turn, will affect their livelihood. According to reports, the park will also allegedly destroy the mangroves in the area. In September 2018, Deepak Menon, the deputy secretarygeneral of SGCCI, told LCW that talks were still going on to implement the project. According to a news report dated June 15, 2018, the project was still at its planning stage as even textile mill owners were unwilling to shift to Pinjrat. A mill owner said, We certainly do not want to create pollution in the residential area, and until we get market price for our properties, we are not interested in shifting." In March 2021, the state government announced that it will set up two mega textile parks to enable forward and backward integration in the sector while presenting the state budget. However, no construction has begun yet.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Opposition against environmental degradation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2000

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Environmental Laws, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011
Section 1(i): [The area from the High Tide Line to 500 metres is a CRZ and, therefore, construction activity is limited]
Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act, 1976
Section 22: [Establishment of Urban Development Authority]; Section 23(i): [Responsibility of the authority to prepare developmental plans for the area]
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What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Violation of environmental laws

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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