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River nationalisation a lingering fear in Assolna

Assolna: While the Lok Sabha elections are inching closer, traditional fishermen of Assolna are in fear of losing their livelihood if river nationalisation project becomes a reality.

The village is situated on the banks of river Sal with hundreds of villagers directly connected with fishing or allied activities. However, the government’s move of signing an agreement for nationalisation of river Sal along with five other rivers has cast a shadow of doubt on fishermen’s livelihood.

The villagers said that “we are worried as the capital dredging will spell a doom for traditional and small-time fishermen. We have already suffered due to large-scale pollution in river Sal, which has led to destruction of shellfish.”

The pollution of the river continues as there is uncontrolled discharge of sewage from hotels along the river bank. The capital dredging will not only destroy the river banks but will also lead to destruction of mangroves, the locals said.

Further, the panchayat is struggling to find a long-term solution to the garbage issue as land identified each time fails to get approval from the pollution control board. While on development front, the village has failed to see much of it with the infrastructure remaining a bare minimum.

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