Chennai , Sept 13(BPNS)
The opposition AIADMK on Wednesday staged a dharna in Marakkanam in Villupram district of Tamil Nadu against the delay in construction of a fishing harbour in Azhagankuppam and Alamparai located on the borders of Villupuram and Chengalpattu districts of Tamil Nadu.
Former Law minister of Tamil Nadu and senior leader of AIADMK CVe Shanmugham inaugurated the protest march . He said that the fishing harbour project was brought in by the previous AIADMK government and that an amount of Rs 261 crore was sanctioned for it.
CVe Shanmugham said that the fishing harbour project would have benefitted 40,000 fishermen of both the districts.
He said that a petition was filed in the National Green Tribunal that the site proposed for the Fishing harbour was the nesting site of Olive
Ridley Turtles in the region and NGT withheld the sanction for the project.
AIADMK leader charged that the ruling DMK had shelved the project and this has affected the lives of thousands of fishermen.
He alleged that the department of fisheries and forest had earlier issued no objection certificate for the project during the AIADMK regime but has now changed their position and claimed that the project would affect the nesting sites of Olive Ridley Turtles.
He said that the DMK government was acting in a political vendetta against the fishermen and stated that the present state government which had obtained permission for construction of a Pen Memorial for former Chief Minister late M. Karunanidhi had failed to get sanction for construction of a fishing harbour benefiting thousands of fishermen.