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Fishermen Forum opposed to setting up Special Economic Zone in Goan Coast

The National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF), a national-level body spearheading the cause of fisherfolk and coastal communities, has questioned the intention of the  Shipping Ministry to convert Goa’s coastline into an international seaport, making Goa Port Hub and bringing Special Economic Zone(SEZ) back in Goa.

We are categorically warning both the central and the State government not to go ahead with this Central project which will destroy our coastline of 105 km,” Mr. Olencio Simoes, an official of the forum said in a statement.

He said that the carrying capacity of Goa’s coastline is already saturated and about 20 per cent of the 105 km has already been affected by erosion.

Apart from Goa’s beaches, the Colvale area in North Goa and river Talpona in South Goa has already seen major erosion, he said while warning the central government from going ahead with any project without knowing the ground reality of the Coastline.

Giving a pan India picture of the coastal erosion, the NFF said that out of 7,516.6 km coastline in the country, 42 per cent of the coast has already been washed away and the main cause is the unplanned ports/harbors, which are documented by National Institute of Port Management.

Mr. Simoes was referring to Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari's statement in Goa last week that the Central government has plans to develop a Special Economic Zone for tourism as well as the trade from Vengurla to Karwar in Goa.

Mr. Olencio said that Goa has highest population density of 450 people per sq. km as against 150 for the all-India average. In this context, giving away land from Goa’s scarce land resource for nationalisation of rivers, double railway line, new international sea ports, SEZ and so on are not acceptable to the people.


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