CHENNAI: Concerned at the damage being done to the ecologically sensitive Ennore creek, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has ordered Kamarajar Port Ltd to immediately remove the dredged material illegally dumped in a portion of the water body.
The action was based on an inspection conducted by officials of the TNPCB and the Directorate of Environment on a complaint by K Saravanan of the Coastal Resource Centre against the port’s attempts to convert 280 acres of the creek’s tidal wetland into a coal stacking yard.
Welcoming the move to protect the Ennore Creek, volunteers of the centre and Save Ennore Creek Campaign said the management authority should ensure that no one was allowed to convert the ecologically sensitive area in to real estate. The TNPCB should prosecute offenders under the Environmental Protection Act, 1986, they urged.
A proposal seeking permission to divert an additional 1,300 acres is pending approval with the SCZMA. “The corrective action taken by the authority to protect the creek is unprecedented, and we hope the actions remain consistent in the future,” said Nityanand Jayaraman of Save Ennore Creek campaign.
“Unless the state government arrests further encroachments and acts urgently to restore the creek, Chennai will end up in a watery grave the next time there is heavy rain,” Jayaraman said.