Fishermen to withdraw stir against Rs 3,600 crore Shivaji memorial says Fadnavis

"Fishermen have agreed to withdraw their agitation against Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Bhoomipujan," said Fadnavis

Fishermen to withdraw stir against Rs 3,600 crore Shivaji memorial says Fadnavis

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to lay foundation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai coast on Saturday, fishermen decided to call off an agitation against the proposed memorial reported PTI.




Quoting senior government officials, PTI added, "Fishermen have agreed to withdraw their agitation against Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Bhoomipujan."



Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met leaders of fishermen community on  Thursday night and promised that government will take necessary steps to address their concerns, said an official. "At the meeting, it was decided to constitute a joint committee to resolve their issues. The CM thanked fishermen associations," added PTI.


The opposition Congress alleged the BJP is trying to benefit from the inauguration ceremony adding that government wants to make the the event purely political.

Earlier, fishermen had planned to organise a protest rally carrying black flags from Nariman Point to Girgaum Chowpatty, to raise their concerns against the inauguration of the memorial by Modi on Saturday. 


The total cost of the project, considered to be the tallest status in the world is estimated to be around Rs 3,600 crore of which the first phase alone will cost about Rs 2,500 crore, said officials. The construction of the memorial will endanger the livelihood of over  1.5 lakh fishermen, claimed community members, adding that the project will adversely affect people residing in five coastal villages in south Mumbai, and their .