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European delegation rejects Chennai fish on grounds it is unhygenic

A Eurpean trade delegation which visited the fishing harbour near Chennai port have complained about unhygenic conditions prevailing there and ruled out marine exports from the city, the state Fisheries minister S Jayakumar revealed in the state assembly.

Mr Jayakumar said the state government had taken up massive upgradation program at a cost of Rs 75 crores. An air conditioned auction hall has been built and modern infrastructure provided including cold storage facilities. The fisherment have to use it.

Sources said the Kasimedu fishermen in north Chennai have been used to selling their fish and other marine products on the road side posing a serious problem in the movement of containers to the port.

Both the port administration and the state government have provided facilities that will ensure hygenic handling of the fish. But fishermen are adamant that they will not move from the roadside stalls.

The state government is unable to pressurise them to move to the modern facilities provided for them. For the state government the fishermen are being big vote bank and therefore do not muster courage to tell them to move to the modern facilities created for them.

The fishing minister Jayakumar who reprsents the area in the state assembly. His tough statement in the state assembly on June 21 should be seen in the context of the tussle between the port and state government on one side and the fishermen resisting them on the other side.

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