A three-member panel formed to study pollution caused near Ennore has recommended severe penalties for all violations and asked the authorities to inspect all power plants near the area.
The panel, headed by retired Madras High Court judge Justice D Hariparanthaman, submitted its report to the public works department (PWD) and the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB).
The report, titled ‘Death by a thousand cuts: Report of public hearing on loss of ecology and fisher livelihood in Ennore creek’, has recommended a comprehensive inspection of the function of all power plants and industries near the Ennore Creek. Continue reading
The healthy Ennore riverbed facilitated the breeding of mud crabs. The species disappeared after the locality was contaminated with fly ash.
Seeking a moratorium on rapid industrial expansion in Ennore Creek, a three-member panel, headed by retired Madras high court judge on Monday submitted the report to Public Works Department (PWD) and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB).
The report titled, ‘Death by a thousand cuts,’ said that around 400 acres of Ennore wetland with rich biodiversity was contaminated by power stations including North Chennai Thermal Power Station (NCTPS), Vallur Thermal Power Project, and Ennore Thermal Power Station (ETPS).
Former Madras HC judge D. Hariparanthaman said that sand and earth dredge from the sea is being dumped by Kamaraj port in the sprawling water body with good mangrove cover. “It is a prohibition under Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) notification, 2011,” he added. Continue reading
A panel constituted to hold a public hearing on the loss of ecology and fishermen’s livelihood in Ennore creek (due to illegal activities of the industries in the area) has found that most violations were committed by the central and State government agencies.
The Ennore creek, which was previously a sprawling ecological area, has now turned into a stinking cesspool with villagers complaining about declining fish population, poor markets for fish and contamination of the water bodies due to the environmental violations of the industries. The panel comprising retired Justice D Hariparanthanam, former professor S Janakarajan and Professor Karen Coelho from the Madras Institute of Development Studies, has said that salt pans, mangroves and water bodies are marked as ecologically sensitive areas by the coastal management plans. But these sensitive areas have been allotted for ‘hazardous and special industries’ in the second Chennai Master Plan by the CMDA. Continue reading
A survey conducted by Coastal Resource Centre along with members of the local community at Ennore creek has produced alarming results about the air quality in the suburb. The pollution levels are equivalent to New Delhi with PM 2.5 levels recording 2.3 times higher than the prescribed limits.
Samples taken from the rooftops of residential homes in the villages of Kattukuppam, Mughathwara Kuppam, Athipattu and Ernavur recorded PM 2.5 levels ranging from 105.7 to 141.5 Mg per m3, which exceeds the 60 Mg per m3 level prescribed by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change(MoEFCC). Continue reading
The residents of six villages in Ennore are breathing air that has more toxins than the permitted level, as prescribed by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, a sample study has found.
Thermal power plants
The six villages are located in the midst of several thermal power plants, including Ennore, North Chennai and Vallur plants, and many industrial units.
The villagers, who mostly depend on fishing, blame dumping of coal ash and the proximity of an ash pond to the Ennore creek for pollution of the creek, resulting in skin infections for residents and depletion of fish resources.
The sample pollution study carried out by Coastal Resource Centre has found the air quality in Ennore to be far worse than the air quality in Manali, notified as critically polluted area.
The study ‘Unfit To Breath’ was released by the Centre at a press meet held on Monday. Continue reading
The fact that the air in the Ennore region, where industries have sprouted indiscriminately over the years, is polluted was known.The alarming levels it has reached were revealed on Monday .
Coastal Resource Centre, a NGO, sent air samples collected from Kattukuppam, Mugathwara Kuppam, Athipattu and Ernavur all within a 3km radius of the nearest ash pond or a power plant in Ennore to US-based Chester LabNet in US to test for particulate matter, including carcinogens, and heavy metals in the air. While the level of PM 2.5 was 1.7 to 2.3 times higher than standards prescribed by the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change, the levels of manganese was 1.2 to 2.5 times the standards set by the California office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Continue reading