Mumbai’s civic body has proposed a roughly 30-kilometre-long road along the city’s western coastline for better and faster road connectivity. The construction would involve reclaiming 90 hectares of land in the Arabian sea. While large parts of Mumbai are built on reclaimed land, the Coastal Regulation Zone Rules, which govern human and industrial activity close to the coastline, had thus far not allowed any further reclamation of coastal land for nearly three decades.
So why now, environmental activists are asking, warning that the project may benefit just a few but certainly destroy the livelihood of the Koli fishermen, one of the original inhabitants of Mumbai, as well as the expansive marine biodiversity of the coast.
The video above carries voices of fishermen and environmentalists against the development project.
Jessica Goel is a Multimedia Producer with StoriesAsia and a graduate from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. When she isn’t telling stories, she likes to make illustrating artwork.