‘Project will ruin Aghanashini estuary’

Scientists have cautioned that the proposed sea port project will “ruin” the Aghanashini estuary, which is the only natural estuary in the State.

Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc.) scientist M.D. Subhash Chandran said it was an ancient river system that houses 80 fish species, clams and mangrove forest.

“The port will ruin this rare ecosystem and make the coastal belt vulnerable to cyclone and sea erosion. The river will become ecologically dead,” he said.

Nearly, 6,000 families depend on fishing. Nearly 22,000 tonnes of clams, worth Rs. 60 crore, were fished; while, prawn cultivation, fishing, and salt production generates Rs. 100 crore in revenue. “The livelihood of all these families would be lost from the project … there should be alternative development projects,” said Prof. Chandran.

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