Maharashtra fishermen withdraw stir ahead of PM Modi visit

The livelihood of 1.5 lakh fishermen residing across five villages in south Mumbai will be affected by the construction of a proposed Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai coast.

| Mumbai | Published: December 23, 2016 7:50 am

Fishermen in Maharashtra protesting against a proposed Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai coast have decided to withdraw their agitation, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone. “Fishermen have agreed to withdraw their agitation against Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Bhoomipujan,” a senior official said, after a meeting between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and fishermen association leaders last night.

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Fadnavis assured fishermen that the government will look into their concerns. “At the meeting, it was decided to constitute a joint committee to resolve their issues. The CM thanked fishermen associations,” the official said.

The main feature of the memorial will be a 192-metre-tall statue of the Maratha king. The site is a rocky outcrop roughly 1.5 km from the Raj Bhavan shore of Mumbai. Members of Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kriti Samiti (AMMKS), an association of fishermen from Cuffe Parade, Machhimar Nagar, Geeta Nagar (near Navy Nagar), near Raj Bhawan and Backbay Parade, had said they will fly black flags on their boats and homes as a sign of protest.

Fisherwomen were to form a human chain from Nariman Point to Girgaum Chowpatty, holding black flags, ahead of Modi’s arrival for the inauguration, said AMMKS leader Damodar Tandel. The livelihood of 1.5 lakh fishermen residing across five villages in south Mumbai, who have 1,500 large boats and 450 small boats, will be affected by the construction, he had claimed.

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  1. Abdul Wahid
    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:19 am
    It would have been better to use this tax money of people to serve the poor and needy of the state. At present this money should have been given to the poor farmers of maharashtra specially vidrabha. How can a govt. can waste huge amount of money on making statue which will benefit no one. by making more height than statue of liberty you can not become America. first make India like than kmae such things. These things should be made when not a single person in India is hungry, not a single person without home, all have jobs, 24x7 hours electricity, water, in all villages of India then only such things can be justified
    1. I
      Dec 23, 2016 at 3:46 am
      I don't think India requires any memorial, instead use this money for constructive works like road development, playgrounds for children etc.