Told to move, fisherfolk shut shop in protest

Around 300 fisherwomen of Nochikuppam closed their shops on Thursday, protesting against the Chennai Corporation’s high handedness in asking them to move their shops from the Marina Loop Road.

They said the civic body had told them that the shops would have to be moved since they were an eyesore.

“Our forefathers had been living here since ages. In the 1960s there was no Loop Road. We permitted the Corporation to lay the road after it gave an undertaking that the road would be laid on the existing width only and that no shop would be removed. But today, the same body wants to ruin our livelihood,” said M. Krishnaveni, a fish seller. The civic body, recently, asked them to remove their boats and fishing gear from the sand saying there was a lot of garbage. “They never clean the sands. There are only two bins for the entire road. How will that take the garbage disposed off by 6 - 7 villages,” said M. Keerthana, a resident.

K. Bharathi of the South Indian Fishermen Welfare Association said that the civic body had plans to construct a fish market for all villages in one place. “Nochikuppam alone has 300 shops. How can all of us sell at the same place? We want shops near our village,” he said.

On Friday, they have planned to stage a protest against the civic body's move.

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