Nearshore activities restricted from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram ahead of PM Modi, Xi-Jinping meet

first_img Shalini Lobo ChennaiSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 14:20 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi-JinpingMahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu gears up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi-Jinping meeting. The security has been tightened and the beaches cleared, but amid all this, the water enthusiasts take a blow.Ahead of this high-level meeting which is scheduled to take place from October 11-13, all near-shore water activities have been restricted. No one can surf, paddle, dive or swim in the 20 km stretch from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram for 20 days.Showkath Jamal, who runs a surfing school in Kovalam says that they didn’t receive any official notification.On September 22, the police verbally informed them that due to VVIP movement, they are restricting them from surfing or teaching surfing along Kovalam till the meeting is over.”Twenty days ahead of the PMs visit restricting surfing and water sports are going to affect not just us but all the surfing schools. We have employed fishermen. This is their alternate source of income. We have to pay their salaries. They live on these monthly salaries and so do we. We don’t have any other source”, said Showkath.Another surfer Vijay said, “I spend more time in the ocean than on land. If they don’t let me into the ocean where do I go?”They are a group of 12 boys who call themselves members of the coco club. They teach the village kids surfing. They also take walk-in guests and give them lessons for about Rs 300-500 an hour.Now, with this restriction during season time, the boys have to go to the sea with their fathers and their extra surfing income will also be also cut.”They have stopped surfing. Soon they’ll stop fishing. This will be a tough time for people. We’ll be sitting and fixing broken boats and boards then”, said Rajesh, another young surfer boy in the village.Speaking to India Today, DSP Balamurugan of the coastal security group said that as of now orders are to restrict near-shore water activities. People with NOCs can continue their work but others will be restricted. Starting October 4, there will be a complete ban on all water activities along the 20 km coastline stretch from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram.Fishermen also fear that as the date of the high level meet approaches, fishing will be the next activity to be restricted along the shore.”If they stop fishing, it will affect our work, income and we’ll have problems at home. Who will we ask for money? Will we ask the government?”, said 50-year-old fisherman Selvasigamani.advertisementAlso read: IMD predicts heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu, PuducherryALSO WATCH| Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges shut as city witnesses another cycle of incessant rainsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Nearshore activities restricted from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram ahead of PM Modi, Xi-Jinping meetNo one can surf, paddle, dive or swim in the 20 km stretch from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram for 20 days.advertisementlast_img

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