Fishermen who had occupied a corniche after being evicted from coasts in Muharraq have received a reprieve.
Around 300 fishermen faced being forcibly made to vacate Al Ghous Corniche today.
However, they will now be allowed to continue using the area until the end of Ramadan under an urgent deal reached yesterday.
Muharraq Municipal Council chairman Mohammed Al Sinan told the GDN the deal was agreed after authorities were alerted to the plight of the fishermen and their inability to either find alternative locations or make arrangements.
“No one will stand against government’s plan for a pearl diving project on the site, but we are working with the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority for a better deal for the fishermen that will see them leave the corniche a week before actual work on the site begins, which is in a few months’ time,” he said.
After the fishermen occupied the corniche, some of them used the nearby Al Ghous Public Park to store their fishing equipment, causing an uproar among families in the area.
The Muharraq Municipality ordered the fishermen to leave the corniche and other coastlines used as unofficial jetties across the governorate by April 30.
The municipality considered the fishermen’s occupation of plots of land as trespassing on public property since they set up cabins, stored equipment and docked their boats claiming they had nowhere else to go.
Municipal officials cleared all the coasts of fishermen, their rest areas and furniture on April 30, but decided to give fishermen at Al Ghous more time to vacate the place due to their large numbers.