Punish severely Ennore creek polluters: Panel

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.

It also wants the State government to remove all the silt and deposits on the creek bed. The State coastal zone management authority and the TNPCB must initiate action to make polluters restore the river to a healthy state, the report has said.

Dumping of flyash by North Chennai Thermal Power Station, Vallur Thermal Power Project, and Ennore Thermal Power Station, release of toxic flyash-laced water, oily effluents from industries and dumping of dredged mud on mangroves, salt pans and water bodies are some of the violations, the panel found.

The report on loss of ecology and livelihood of residents of six fishing hamlets brought out by a three-member panel headed by D  Hariparanthaman, former judge, Madras High Court, was released here yesterday.

The report also highlights the systematic damage allegedly done to the Ennore creek, particularly by public sector firms such as North Chennai Thermal Power Station (NCTPS), Ennore Thermal Power Station and Kamarajar Port Ltd.

Hariparanthaman said, “We found that flyash deposits have reduced the depth of the river from 15 feet to just one or two feet now. In some places, mounds are visible above the water level. Oily effluents from surrounding industries and coolant water from NCTPS are being  discharged into the river. We need development but not at the stake of natural resources.”

It was compiled based on a public hearing with people from six fishing villages affected by environmental pollution

Original Article was published by News Today here


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