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To: Prakash Javadekar, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Save Mumbai's Coastline!
Stop Mumbai's Coastal Road Project
Why is this important?
UPDATE: The Bombay High Court final order is pending on the contentious project. In the meantime, chunks of the coastal road, which has been constructed are being swallowed by the sea.
This road will destroy Mumbai’s coastline forever!
At 12,700 crore rupees, the ambitious Mumbai Coastal Road is not only the most expensive project in the country, but one which will have serious adverse impacts on the city’s ecology, coastline and make Mumbai more vulnerable to heavy rains and floods!
The 29.2 km road Mumbai Coastal Road, which has been proposed from Kandivali to Marine Drive will irreversibly alter and damage the city’s iconic coastline. A promenade and a highway will make it impossible to access the waterfront, taking away the city’s lifeline.
More importantly, this will completely destroy the breeding grounds for the fish and various marine species. This means the fishing community of the native Kolis, which is made up of 23 active fishing villages or 35,000 people will be adversely impacted. Not only are the lands of the original inhabitants of the city being encroached, but their livelihoods will be lost to yet another so-called development project.
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has neither consulted with nor taken the required No objection certificate (NOC) from the fishing communities. Rather, they have been completely bypassed.
Based on the conditional approval from the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in 2017, work has already begun. All this without coming up with a rehabilitation plan for the Kolis.
In March 2019, the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) published a report, which provides an impact assessment of the project on the fisherfolk has been handed over to the Mumbai High Court.
Further, reclamation of land for this project will worsen the flooding in the city. We don’t seem to have learnt from the heavy price the city paid in the 2005 floods.
We stand with the Kolis, the citizens of Mumbai, and for the coastal ecology.
Time to scrap this project!