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The fisherman’s world is ravaged by reeds

Costal Chilika in mafia possession, Eco-tourism Yojana failed, ‘Nalaghas’ forest on the coast of 200 sq km, the Odisha government is conspiring not to bring the plight of poor villagers to the attention of tourists

Suvbharat Times | Bhubaneswar 22072021 | www.suvbharattimes.in/ The Nalaghas eradication plan of the coast of Chilika is just a joke. A series of plants resembling thin bamboo was found on the northeast coast of Chilika after the 99 Super Cyclone, which has spread over the last 21 years on the 200-km-long coast from Borbakudi in Puri district to Kumandalapatna coast in Khordha district. The Chilika Development Authority (CDA) has succeeded in crafting a fertile brain that has been used to loot foreign money by showing eco-tourism.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s office wants tourists to stay away from the coastal poor. Millions of fishermen and non-fishermen in the basin are plagued by the state government’s conspiracy. For a long time, those who made a living by fishing for fish, shrimp, and crabs from Chilika have been left destitute. About 300,000 fishermen in Puri, Khordha, and Ganjam districts have lost their jobs. The government has shown that it does not care about coastal security at all.

Nalaghas is destroying the beauty of the Chilika coast. The state tourism department is also losing billions of revenue since its spreading. But as the CDA report, foreign tourists prefer to visit Chilika to see the influx of exotic birds. But to biased the main issues of Chilika the CDA authorities are trying to entertain the world’s environmentalists through false bird count reports every year.

CDA, former chief executive Dr. Ajit Patnaik, who shows his heroism through paid news, should make it clear today how far the situation on the northeastern coast of Chilika has improved.

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