Fishermen say Navy, CISF harassing them


Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday assured the traditional fishermen at Vaddem that he would discuss their problems with the Navy.
Parrikar was speaking to the fishermen during his visit to Vaddem beach to hear the grievances of local fishermen.
 The chief minister along with Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho visited the fishermen following his assurance during the recent assembly session.
The local fishermen alleged that they were being harassed by the Navy while they were out at sea. “Even armed CISF personnel on the watch tower threaten us,” complained the fishermen.
A local fisherman, Gracious Coutinho, stated that even if they fish close to the shore, the Navy drives them away. “At times, they even pelt stones at us due to which our nets and canoes get damaged,” alleged Coutinho.
After listening to their grievances, Parrikar advised the fishermen to submit a complaint to him and he assured to take up the issue with the Navy.
“I will acquire land available within the high tide line and develop the Vaddem Beach so that people of Vasco and neighbouring areas can use the beach during their leisure time,” added Parrikar.
Speaking to reporters, Godinho said the State government would also develop and beautify the Vaddem lake which is about 300 metres from the Vaddem beach.
Parrikar was accompanied by Mormugao Planning and Development Authority Chairman Krishna Salkar, officials of Coastal Zone Management Authority and Mormugao Municipal Council Vice Chairperson Sudesh Kolgoakar. [H]