Fishermen plan ‘long march’ from Keenjhar to Karachi

Karachi: Hundreds of fishermen will join long march from Keenjhar Lake to Karachi after March 14, International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams, to highlight the issue of contamination to concerned authorities and world forums.

This was announced by Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) chairperson Mohammed Ali Shah while staging a protest demonstration against increasing pollution and encroachment at the Keenjhar Lake.

A large number of community activists brought their fishing vessels to a place to join the protest against increasing pollution and illegal encroachment on the parts of demo and rally of boats in the lake from jetty Abdullah Gandro to Sindh Inland Fisheries Centre.

Shah said the life and livelihoods of 50000 people residing in 62 small and bigger villages along the lake is under threats due to contamination and encroachment by influential persons. He said it is the responsibility of the State to resolve the problems of these people.

He said despite threatening situation of contamination, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) officials are reluctant to talk about it as they are main stakeholders, supplying water to the citizens. He said the other departments including Environment, Tourism, Revenue, Wildlife, Irrigation, Agriculture, Livestock and others are also not discharging their responsibility.

The activists demanded a fresh study on the water quality of the lake and threats to local fishermen. They said last several years the lake has been receiving contamination through different sources.

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