July 19, Colombo: Fishermen in Mannar district have staged a protest against the Sethusamudram project launched by the Indian government, saying that it is detrimental to their trade and livelihood.
The protesting fishermen asked Sri Lankan Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Milroy Fernando to request the Indian government to stop the project.
Minister Fernando, who assumed duties as the new Minister of Fisheries yesterday, said he would speak with the Foreign Minister and try to do his best to resolve the issue.
Due to the protest launched this morning in Mannar, all fisheries activities came to a standstill.
Mannar police said the fishermen’s protest was held from the early morning hours. They demanded that construction work on the Sethusamudram project stop temporarily, police said.