MNS Chief Raj Thackeray gives support to South Mumbai fishmongers
Nida (2019/IB/FB/02) - Bureau Chief India
July 19, 2019
Says they need not require to relocate to Airoli from Crawford Market
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday asked fishmongers from Chhatrapati Shivaji Mandi in Crawford Market not to vacate and relocate to Airoli, irrespective for the notices delivered to them by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
Mr. Thackeray’s assurance comes after a delegation of fishmongers held a meeting with him at his place, asking for his support. “Regardless of how many notices the corporation will send you, you may need not worry and will not need to move. I am going to meet the Municipal Commissioner on this issue,” he told the delegation.
The fishmongers have been strongly opposing the migration from south Mumbai to Navi Mumbai and have now expressed anger as it will probably reduce the wide range of customers for fish, which makes it hard for them to sustain.
The BMC served them notices a week ago citing that the fish marketplace is in a dilapidated condition.
The Koli women, mathadi workers and businessmen met the MNS chief to convey the loss they'll be facing as a consequence of the move.
Mr. Thackeray assured them, he will find a solution with regards to their situation.
For many years, the fisherwomen have been purchasing the fish from wholesalers and occasionally from Colaba and Kasara dockers and selling them at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Mandi.
The Kolis had expressed fear that the BMC’s decision would disturb their livelihood because the Airoli Naka is several kilometres far away from the city.
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