The court asked the ministry to spell out its stand on two issues. First, whether the condition applies that the authorities had to undertake a study on coastal fishing habitats and on construction activity’s impact on fisherfolk’s livelihood. Second, if the study should have been done prior to the commencement of work on the project or should it be done when work is going on. “If rules are not followed, we will have to take a call on stopping work,” said the court, asking the state and BMC to place on record the policy for compensating fisherfolk. A division bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Nitin Jamdar was hearing a petition filed by two societies of fishermen who have sought a stop to reclamation work between Banganga and Worli.
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