Surajbari creek blockage: HC seeks explanation

 AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Thursday sought explanation from the Centre, the state forest and environment department and the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) on the accusation that a wall has been constructed across the Surajbari creek in Kutch which is an eco-sensitive zone. The PGCIL has been accused of raising a kilometrelong kachcha wall on the creek without obtaining due permission from the authorities concerned as per the Supreme Court guidelines. Fishermen from the nearby villages have moved the high court demanding that the authorities should stop the PGCIL from carrying out construction activities in the creek. 

They also want the PGCIL to immediately remove the wall and compensate for the damage caused to the local wildlife and livelihood of the poor fishermen. The PIL filed by the villagers states that the PGCIL is raising 4.5 kilometre long towers in the creek with the Little Rann of Kutch, a famous Wild Ass Sanctuary, on one side of it. For the small fishermen community residing in the nearby Cheravadi village, the creek is ideal for breeding fish and prawns. The area is also a habitat for some rare aquatic beings and migratory flamingoes. The petitioners claimed that the PGCIL has blocked the natural flow of the Surajbari creek by putting up a wall over it.