Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Published: August 10, 2011 00:00 IST | Updated: August 10, 2011 04:08 IST
Fishermen stage demonstrationSpecial Correspondent
Against proposed Coastal Regulation Zone 2011
A large number of fishermen on Tuesday staged a demonstration against the proposed Coastal Regulation Zone 2011.
A. Paulsamy, president, Ramanathapuram district Fishermen Trade Union presided over the agitation.
The agitators raised slogans against the Central government for trying to introduce the bill, some of whose provisions were against the interest of the fishermen.
They claimed that a few provisions in fact would enable the non-fishing communities and private companies to settle close to the shore. Though the fishermen in general did not have any objections to other communities already present on the coast to reconstruct or renovate their homes, the provision for new housing within 100-200 metres was meaningful only for fishing communities given that they had to be on the coast to pursue their livelihood.
Allowing housing by other communities would increase the pressure on the coast unnecessarily and increase the density of constructions on the coast.
The fishermen would not allow the Centre to pass the proposal in its present form.
All provisions, which were against the fishermen, should be removed, the agitating members said.