…Then Fishermen will come with knives and sickles to Municipal Corporation
Corporators’ warned the civic administration, Demand for Licenses and sheds for Fisherwomen
Mumbai: The Mumbai Municipal Corporation has built the market hall but the tins sheets are broken at many places. At many places, there was no market hall at nearby locations hence the fisherwomen have to sit on roads for selling. They are neither given the selling licenses nor are the sheds built for them. When this is the picture at one end, the Municipal Corporation is planning a Hawkers’ policy to issue licenses for the hawkers.
Thus the corporators of Agri and Fishermen community warned the civic administration that if the civic body would conduct such a duality with the natives, they would protest on roads and if necessary would come with knives and sickles to BMC.
BJP corporator Manisha Chaudhari demanded in the general body meeting in a legislative notification for the construction of market halls with all amenities like water, electricity and toilets along with licenses for those who are in fishing business at Gavthane and Koliwadas.
Chaudhari said that the civic administration was planning to provide licenses for the hawkers but the native fishermen were neither given the licenses nor necessary facilities. She asked why such dichotomy was practiced by the municipal corporation and demanded a report in this matter in the next 15 days.
She added that the other state fishermen were collecting the sum of Rs 5000 in the name of giving licenses for selling the fish in Lalbaug and at many other places.
She further said that there were many fishermen whose ancestral business was fish selling. She brought a point to house’s notice that those 18 market halls sanctioned under chapter 2, were yet not developed.
Congress corporator Anil Patankar said that the fisherwomen in Kalina area had to sit on roads for selling the fish. These women were compelled to work as domestic helpers in a quarrel between the district collector and BMC as the developer stopped the payments to these women. He protested the municipal corporation’s such act.
Another corporator Ajit Bhandari said that the fisherwomen were happy when they got quality fish but without ice and water the fish used to get decomposed and they had to bear the losses. Bhandari said that before taking the decision over fisherwomen, they should consider the condition the women had to face for their business.
Bandari said that it was BMC’s responsibility to build the market hall and shed for the fisherwomen. Bhandari warned that if the BMC was planning to issue licenses before giving preferences to the natives, the fishermen community would strongly protest and if the community would turn furious, the BMc would understand the severity of the situation when the fishermen would come with knives and sickles to municipal corporation.
Ashok Patil supported Bhandari’s statements.
They said that the administration had neglected fisherwomen’s plea and they should not compel the fisherwomen to come to BMC office.