Samara Samithi calls off protest against Vizhinjam port temporarily


Thiruvananthapuram: Giving relief to the government and Adani group, the Samara Samithi has officially called off its protest against the seaport construction in Vizhinjam. The move from the protestors came after holding talks with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Vizhinjam Samara Samithi convener Eugene Pereira informed that they are temporarily halting the protests in Vizhinjam.

"It was being called off as the protest has reached a certain stage and if required, they will take it up again, Pereira told reporters here.

Meantime, the government has agreed to pay Rs 5500 per month as rent to families displaced due to port construction. Further, fishermen who were unable to go to work during the period will be provided compensation.

The protest ended 140 days after the beginning of the uprising in Vizhinjam against the seaport construction. A monitoring committee chaired by the chief secretary will be formed to execute the promises given to the fisherfolk. Meanwhile, Samara Samithi also demanded a study to find coastal erosion in the area.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister asserted that the construction of seaport will not be halted while addressing the assembly here on Tuesday.

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