Construction work in the Rs 7525 crore sea port project at Vizhinjam in
south Kerala was crippled for ten days due to the ten day agitation by the
local fishermen resulting in huge losses to the Adani group which is
implementing the project against heavy odds.
The agitation has been temporarily suspended pending implementation of the
assurances given to the fishermen by the district administration on November
The fishermen's agitation was suspended temporarily when the
Tiruvananthapuram district administration gave assurance to the agitating
fishermen on the compensation amount and the rehabilitation package. The
assurance given by the district administration includes setting up of a
permanent monitoring committee to examine the grievances of the residents
regarding the project
The administration also promised to take decisions regarding the disbursal
of livelihood compensation to the fishermen before November 30. A survey will
be completed within ten days to examine whether more job opportunities can be
provided in the port project for the local people
We are temporarily calling off the agitation in view of the assurances made
by the government and the district administration,” secretary of the committee
formed by the Latin Church Esac Johnny said. “The district administration has
assured us that the list of ‘Kattamaram’ fishermen and shore seine (Karamadi)
fishermen who are yet to receive the compensation will be finalised by November
30. 198 of the latter group remain to be compensated,” he said.
A team led by the District Collector will visit the houses near the project
site to look into the complaints regarding the damage caused by the drilling of
piles for the project. The local people had stalled work at Mulloor-Vizhinjam
on October 24 alleging the government had betrayed them with regard to adequate
compensation and rehabilitation measures.
On October 25, it was tentatively decided the collector will meet the
demonstrators on October 30 and the church committee had even announced that
the agitation was being called off. But under pressure from one section, which
refused to end the agitation, the committee had revoked its earlier decision.
The October 30 meeting did not take place since the district administration
wanted the strike to be called off first.
conciliation meeting finally took place on November three after the
administration scaled down its demand. The Adani Group had been in constant
touch with the government to ensure a quick end to the strike.