Village Residents Come Togeather to Protest Against Wadhwan Port in Maharashtra

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Stella JamesLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 28, 2019

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The Wadhwan port is being proposed to be built on land reclaimed off the coast of Dahanu, Maharashtra. Many fishermen depend on the land and surrounding waters for their livelihood. The project had been initially proposed in 1998 but was stopped after protests from the locals. Plans are on to restart the project. Protests have begun again, and residents of 13 villages came together under the banner of Wadhwan Bunder Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti. They organized a rally in Wadhwan against the port and stopped the survey team from surveying the area for the project. The Samiti has already approached the Dahanu Taluka Environment Protection Authority and has plans to approach the National Green Tribunal as well. The villagers allege that the construction of the port will reduce their area for fishing as well as fish availability. Residents are also apprehensive that a large port will also restrict the potential of the area to be developed for tourism. There is also a fear that the reclamation work could lead to flooding of homes close to the sea. The project is currently stalled as Dahanu is notified as an 'Ecosensitive zone' and will need to be denotified before the project proceeds.

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Private and Common

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Ministry of Shipping, Union Government of India, Government of Maharashtra

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Dahanu Taluka Environment Protection Authority, Bhumi Sena, Sarvodaya Fish Cooperative Society

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