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
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