Various fishermen’s associations on Tuesday threatened that they would not allow the Ennore Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP) to proceed as their demands, which include reclamation of land, have not been met.

According to M.D. Dayalan of the Indian Fishermen Association, the Chennai Port Trust had not taken any steps to reclaim land at the fishing harbour so that space is created for fish landing and drying.

“We have given them 15 days time to produce proof of work initiated for reclaiming land,” he said.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is utilising space inside the fishing habour to widen the 1.6-km long road leading to the port’s Zero gate.

Only if the 1.6-km stretch is widened can there be improved connectivity to the Ennore Expressway that is part of the EMRIP.

Under the Rs. 600-crore project, four roads in the city are being widened and strengthened to reduce container traffic leading to the port.

Associations raise voice against

non-fulfillment of demands including reclamation of land at fishing harbour