Fisherfolk wave black flag at Narmada Dam stone laying

Fisherfolk wave black flag at Narmada Dam stone laying

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Bhadbut Dam Fisherfolk show black flags against Modi plan. Hundreds of fisherfolk riding on about 100 fishing boats waved black flags at PM during his laying foundation stone for Rs 4,000 crore Bhadbhut Dam on the Narmada river’s mouth on the Bay of Khambhat. The protest gets no media attention. Sailing into the river and shouting slogans, the fisherfolk were detained for five-and-a-half hours for demanding that there should not be any damming of the river at Bhadbhut, as they believed, it would destroy their prized catch, hisla, which breeds in brackish waters.  http://www.counterview.net/2017/10/fisherfolk-show-black-flags-against.html

The fishermen in the area have been protesting against the barrage since 2010 as the structure, according to them, will destroy the breeding area of Hilsa fish. http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/protesting-fishermen-arrested-as-pm-lays-foundation-of-bhadbhut-barrage-in-gujarat-58846

The WIRE also covers the report in detail https://thewire.in/186878/modi-gujarat-fishermen-bhadbhut/

For more details on Bhadbhut project kindly visit https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/drp-news-bulletin-09-october-2017-gujarat-fishermen-protest-against-bhadbhut-dam/

Maha Irrigation Scam Damania prevented from holding protests Social activist Anjali Damania was prevented from holding protests to highlight the nexus and was taken into custody by Dadar police. She claimed that they were granted permission by the local police to hold silent protests, however, officials under the pressure of their “political masters” did not allow the protests and detained her “undemocratically”. She termed the “nexus” between BJP ministers and tainted ministers of the previous Congress-NCP govt as “unholy and height of opportunism”. http://www.ptinews.com/news/9140116_Damania-prevented-from-holding-protests-in-Dadar.html

Vamsadhara victims to stage a rally on Oct 16-17. Protest by Vamsadhara and other irrigation projects affected of Andhra Pradesh on Oct 16 and 17. Dominated by left parties who never question the wisdom of taking up these projects, and do not do this on a consistent basis. Still good to see this. https://newsclick.in/vamsadhara-victims-stage-protest-16-17-october-vijayawada

Hirakud dam water level at its highest in 18 years Water Level at Hirakud Dam reaches the highest level of 630.5 ft in 18 years, since 1999 when the water level reached 630.43 ft. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/odisha/hirakud-dam-water-level-at-its-highest-178522

RIVER INTERLINKING – Alien devil fish now invades Hyderabad

Krishna-Godavari river interlinking: Alien devil fish now invades Hyderabad. In a serious cause for ecological concern, the notorious devilfish has now invaded Hyderabad. The devilfish or sucker catfish belonging to the genus Pterygoplichthys has made its way into the Musi River from the Krishna in Vijayawada, taking advantage of the flood discharge in the Krishna and the Musi rivers following heavy rains in the last one month.

Pterygoplichthys species is alien to Telugu states. There are no zoological records of the fish being sighted in any of the rivers, streams or lakes in Telangana. This is the first time that the devil fish was noticed in the state. The fish is dangerous as it eats away commercially important fish species causing huge loss to farmers.

Experts fear that the alien fish may now make its way into other water bodies in Telangana affecting the livelihood of fishermen. Though it is the first time that the devilfish has been sighted in Telangana, it entered Nagarjunasagar last year and from there it made its way into Palnadu region in AP through the Nagarjunasagar right bank canal. In fact, the fish entered the Godavari a few years ago and in 2015 it made its way into the Krishna after the interlinking of the Godavari and the Krishna through Pattiseema lift irrigation project.

Pterygoplichthys is a voracious fish and apart from hitting the livelihood of farmers, it may alter the ecological balance in water bodies in Telangana. This is likely to cause a major ecological disaster for Telangana as the alien fish is highly invasive in nature and can survive out of water for a fortnight and even more. It does not require water to travel and in fact, move on the land to find its way into the nearest water source to populate there.

As per activist V Satyanarayana, Godavari-Krishna river interlink has thrown in new environmental challenges. The devilfish was first seen in the Krishna River at Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada in 2015. In 2016 the fish entered Nagarjunasagar. It has invaded the Musi and will now populate the Krishna riverine system and its basin. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/krishna-godavari-river-interlinking-alien-devil-fish-now-invades-hyderabad/articleshow/61056863.cms – from SANDRP Bulletin

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