Ennore Fisherfolk prevail. Thanks to a responsive administration (Disaster Relief Commissioner Mr. Satyagopal, IAS), the Kosasthalaiyar and Ennore Creek are getting a new lease of life. In September, Ennore fisherfolk and Chennai-based organisations and individuals urged the Government to remove certain encroachments in Buckingham Canal and Ennore Creek to reduce flooding risk in North Chennai. To its credit, the Government of Tamil Nadu has begun implementing some of the recommended actions. The All Ennore Fishing Village Coalition and the Coastal Resource Centre have conveyed their appreciation to the State Disaster Relief Commissioner and have offered to submit a monitoring report on the quality of remediation works carried out by TANGEDCO, Kamarajar Port and NTECL.
Buckingham Canal blocked by TANGEDCO’s Ennore Thermal Power Station
The illegal encroachment being removed pursuant to campaign by Ennore fisherfolk and city-based organisations.
Zoom in of removal work of illegal encroachment by ETPS in Kosasthalaiyar River.
Zoom out of removal work of illegal encroachment by ETPS in Kosasthalaiyar River.
Post removal of illegal encroachment by ETPS in Kosasthalaiyar River. The removal is not thorough, but fisherfolk say the remainder will be washed out by the river during the monsoons.
Another view of the Kosasthalaiyar River after ETPS encroachment was removed.
Buckingham Canal as it was a week ago due to dumping of flyash by TANGEDCO’s North Chennai Thermal Power Station.
Work in progress to remove flyash dumped in Buckingham Canal by TANGEDCO’s North Chennai Thermal Power Station.
After removal of flyash dumped illegally by TANGEDCO’s North Chennai Thermal Power Station. The Buckingham Canal flows once again.