Mr. Jairam Ramesh Minister of Environment and Forests Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex New Delhi

Nearly 10000 artisanal fisherfolk, and other traditional communities - farmers, livestock rearers, salt pan workers in Mundra, Gujarat, India are facing threat of being deprived of their traditional livelihood which has sustained them for centuries.

Industries like Adani's Mundra SEZ are planning to occupy the entire Mundra coast in complete violation of Coastal Zone Regulations. This will destroy the fragile ecology of the Mundra coast and also deprive the traditional communities of their livelihoods.

Deprived of their livelihoods, the fisherfolk will slowly, but surely perish. They are now fighting for their rights to live a dignified live.

To read more about the Mundra Fisherfolks' struggle, visit http://masskutch.blogspot.com

Shri Jairam Ramesh, Date: 3rd October, 2010
Hon. Minister,
Ministry of Environment & Forests
Paryavaran Bhavan
CGO Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi - 110 003


Subject : Mundra SEZ proposed in prohibited CRZ – 1 area; demand for probe by Central committee on violations of Mundra SEZ

As you know, Mundra area in Kutch is a unique ecological hotspot with mangroves, creeks, vast intertidal zone and serves as the basis for the survival of coastal communities, mainly fisherfolk, Saltpan workers, Pastoralists and others. We, the representatives of fishermen along the Kutch coast would like to bring to your attention, serious environmental issues related to the Adani Group promoted Mundra Special Economic Zone in Mundra Taluk, Kutch District, Gujarat.

The public hearing for the Mundra SEZ project is scheduled on 5th October, 2010. As the following paragraphs would show, the public hearing is a meaningless exercise as the Mundra SEZ project is in gross violation of CRZ regulations and environmental laws and it is necessary that a central committee investigates the violations and severe action is taken upon the Adani Group for these illegal activities.

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The Do not grant environment Clearance for the Mundra SEZ petition to Mr. Jairam Ramesh Minister of Environment and Forests Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex New Delhi was written by Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.