Aronda is a small village in Sawantwadi in Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, adjoining Goa. A creek seperates both Maharashtra and Goa. It is one of the most scenic coastal locations for tourists and nature lovers. Shockingly instead of protecting the fragile ecosystem there, A port was being constructed illegally under the guise of repairing a jetty used by small fishermen and local population to go across the creek, denying citizens and fishermen free access to the water front and unimpeded use of the creek. This hindrance significantly affected livelihood among fishermen and agriculturists.
Vanashakti moved the petition to challenging the sanctioning of this village as a port, which will import hazardous coal there by damaging the marine ecology permanently.
The NGT was moved, which ordered a stay on the operations and the fishermen have been granted access to the water front. Final verdict on the project yet to be determined. Matter part-heard at final hearing stage.