Mangaluru: An environmental public hearing was held at the D C office hall here, on January 23.
Decades back when the New Mangalore Port (NMP) was inaugurated, a port was planned to be built specially to hold the fishing vessels of the district. The new port was planned keeping in mind the ease for the fishing boats and the safety of NMP. The project is estimated to cost Rs 230 crores of which 40% of the costs will be sanctioned from the Ministry of Agriculture, Central Government. Ministry of Shipping will sanction 30% costs and the remaining 30% cost will be looked after by NMP Trust. The port is proposed to be built in Kulai.
As the project needed the approval of the environmental department, Eco Cam Sales and Services team from Gujarat was hired by NMPT for Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). “EIA categorized this project under B-category, because of which a Environmental Public hearing was to be held,” said ADC Kumar.
The project report was read which gave the details of the project, impact of the project on the environment, assessments, how to rebuild the environment and CSR activities to develop the society. The project will take 12 acres of which 50% is from the government land and rest of the project was proposed to be built in the sea artificially.
Locals present at the meeting aired their grievances. Purushotham said, “A lot of people have encroached government land and have built houses there, and have further applied for acquisition under 94CC. They should be properly rehabilitated.”
The officials present denied that any dwellings in the purposed project and just pointed that only a net mending shed and a restroom were present.
The locals however were adamant that there were houses built in the land and a through survey was needed before the project got the pending approval. ADC assured of a survey.
Yatish Baikampady said that many people of the fishing community faced the problem of flooding due to no dredging being done at the NMP. There was a fear among the locals at Kulai on their fate of dredging was not performed.
The locals said that their ancestor were not learned and could be taken for ride with promises, but now they could understand the project very well. They also said that if at all there was something amiss, they were ready to protest.