Fishermen storm the building site of the Vizhinjam Port on the 100th day of their strike.
The government was ordered to give police protection last month by the Kerala High Court so that the building of VISL, which had been halted for more than three months, could resume. Additionally, the court had permitted the fishermen’s unrest to continue without impeding their job.
Hundreds of fishermen attacked the project site through road and sea to mark the 100th day of their protest against the construction of the Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited (VISL) in Thiruvananthapuram. Additionally, they lit a fishing boat on fire.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram has been leading the demonstrators, who are calling for the $7,500 million seaport project to be put on hold. The port’s construction, which started in 2015, has allegedly led to coastal erosion and the destruction of homes and livelihoods, according to the protesting fishermen.
Despite numerous meetings between the demonstrators and the state government, no progress has been made.
According to protesters, one of the causes of rising coastal erosion was the “unscientific” building of groynes, the man-made sea walls created as part of the port.
The state government created a four-person committee earlier this month to investigate whether seaport building had caused any coastal erosion. The Church, however, disagreed with the choice, claiming that no one from their side was represented on the committee and that the exercise was designed to slant the report in favour of the Adani Group, which is building the port.
Kerala Labour Minister V Sivankutty informed the media that police have been acting with the utmost moderation as the demonstration entered its 100th day and began to become stormy.