Kamarajar Port Limited has begun removing material it had dumped on CRZ areas of the Ennore Creek this week.However, the removed material is being dumped on salt pans which are also wetlands belonging to the creek.
Following a tender the port had floated in December 2016, work for removal of dumped material on CRZ areas was initialised (see the full tender document here) .The tender document indicated an area close to the Ennore creek, behind a temple located at the banks of the creek for dumping of removed material. The area indicated has been marked as Salt Pans on the survey of India Toposheet. Salt pans are declared wetlands and any kind of reclamation/land filling is prohibited under National Wetland Rules. Parts of these salt pans also fall under CRZ I Areas where reclamation activities are not permitted. Kamarajar Port intends to convert these wetlands into real estate for the development of a Free Trade Warehouse Zone.
After the public and the fishermen in the area who depend on the Ennore Creek for their livelihood raised oppositions to this illegal reclamation, Kamarajar Port finally floated a tender to remove the illegally dumped material. See VICTORY | Fishers Rejoice As Kamarajar Port Bids to Repair Damage to Creek |