Ennore Creek: Made-to-Order High Tide Line

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Public records available with the Save Ennore Creek Campaign raise serious doubts on whether the Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS), Anna University, has altered the High Tide Line in Ennore Creek to accommodate its client, Kamarajar Port’s proposal for a controversial ‘Free Trade Warehouse Zone’ inside the wetland.

The discrepancy in HTL is evident when IRS’ High Tide Line map prepared for TANGEDCO in 2014-15 is compared with what it has prepared this year for its current client, Kamarajar Port, they said. Kamarajar Port’s expansion project, if approved, will  expose more than 10 lakh people to higher risk of disastrous flooding, including more than 2 lakh people in RK Nagar, Ponneri, Madhavaram and Thiruvotriyur constituencies

The Campaign claimed that State, Centre and scientific bodies are colluding to push KPL’s proposal to harm Ennore Creek. On 29-30 November, KPL’s proposal comes up for reconsideration at the Expert Appraisal Committee (Infra-2), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. Despite a direction by the Chairman of the EAC to conduct a site visit and enquire into allegations against KPL, the EAC is going ahead with considering the proposal.

Even while people are complaining about sea level rise and the westward incursion of the sea, IRS Anna University’s map for Kamarajar Port makes it appear that the HTL has receded freeing up about 250 metres as real estate in this area. The 2015 NCTPS map shows two canals, measuring 400 meters and 190 meters running through the area demarcated for the construction of a ‘Free Trade Warehouse Zone’. However, the 2017 KPL map presents the two canals measuring just 160 meters and 113 meters respectively.

A 1996 Government of India approved Coastal Zone Management Plan declares KPL’s proposed project area as a ‘No Development Zone.’ Save Ennore Creek campaign said that the current case demonstrates what happens when science, rule of law and common sense die at the same time.

For more information, contact: Pooja Kumar 9791122180

 

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Union Environment Ministry Finds TANGEDCO Guilty of Blocking Ennore Backwater with Illegal Road

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3 November, 2017. CHENNAI — An inspection report dated 01/11/2017 submitted by the Regional Office of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Nungambakkam, has confirmed that “M/S TANGEDCO has encroached upon and blocked the backwaters of Ennore Creek beneath the Ennore Highway bridge by establishing a approach road no. 2 of 350 m length and 6 m width for the construction of external coal conveyor system without obtaining the prior approval from MoEF&CC, New Delhi and Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority (TNCZMA).” The inspection was conducted based on complaints made by fishermen and social activists.

The Regional Office also reported that: “Approach road no. 2 clearly obstructs the natural flow of water within the Ennore Creek which may perhaps cause flood vulnerability in that area. Livelihood of communities in the surrounding Ennore Creek who directly depend on fishing activity may also be affected.” This matter was brought to the notice of the TNCZMA in June 2017 when fisherfolk and city environmentalists warned that the illegal road would create a dangerous situation as it prevented the drainage of Kosasthalai’s waters into sea.

Ennore fisherfolk said they were very disappointed with the district administration’s failure to remove encroachments in Ennore Creek. “After actor Kamal visited this place, the District Collector and PWD promised to remove encroachments. They have done nothing, and now we are sitting on a dangerous situation. If the authorities don’t remove it, we will have to do it ourselves,” said P. Mahendran, a fisherman from Kattukuppam.

“In 2015, we took 100 boats and rescued 30,000 people from north Chennai. We are prepared to help again if the need arises. But the Government should not make a bad situation worse by tolerating such blatant encroachments,” said R. L. Srinivasan, another fisher leader from Ennore.

For more information, contact: R.L. Srinivasan — 9884280891; Nityanand Jayaraman 9444082401

 

RTI Response reveals TN Government is Hastening the Preparation of CZMPs – Is that the solution to protect environment and fisherfolk?

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Chennai – An RTI response received by the Coastal Resource Centre reveals that the Government of Tamil Nadu, after delaying the preparation of a statutory state Coastal Zone Management Plan, is now attempting to rush through a CZMP that activists fear will regularise CRZ violations and free up coastal wetlands for real estate. The response, which contained minutes of a high-level meeting chaired by Environment Secretary on 6 July, 2017, notes that the draft CZMP will be uploaded for public consultation by 15 August, 2017. The Directorate of Environment is required to work with National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Zone Management (NCSCM) to incorporate public comments by end September and conduct public consultations in all coastal districts by 31.10.2017.  The finalised CZMPs are to be processed within a month and sent by the state government to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change by 31.12.2017.

A new plan, mandated under the CRZ 2011 was to be completed by 2013 by the addition of Land Use Plans (LUP) of coastal communities, Uniform High Tide Line and Low Tide Line for India’s coast and mapping violations of the plans approved in 1996. Six years hence, all of this remains to be completed.

In April, 2017, the CRC had released a report that used three case studies to highlight how NCSCM’s flawed High Tide Line (HTL) demarcation had wrongly identified 900 acres of coastal wetland as land. The same report also highlighted how NCSCM’s HTL effectively regularised encroachments built inside the HTL of coastal waterbodies.

CRZ Notification 2011 requires all coastal states to identify and act against CRZ violations, and prepare CZMPs. In July 2011, the Directorate of Environment, which is entrusted with finalising the CZMP, had resolved to identify and publicly report violations, and take action against them. However, till date, not one violation has been identified. Violations identified and reported by citizens have been condoned or complaints ignored.

Between the flawed HTL and the failure to identify offenders encroaching inside water bodies, the entire exercise of drawing up a fresh CZMP will convert an environmental protection regulation into a bonanza for real estate and a disaster for coastal residents.

On 31st July 2017, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change extended the validity of the 1996 Government of India-approved state CZMP for the sixth time since the introduction of the CRZ Notification 2011. All states have to have approved CZMPs by July 2018. A copy of the Notification is below.

If the Tamil Nadu government is serious about protecting the environment and fisherfolk, it should first identify structures built in violation of the 1996 approved CZMP, redraw the HTL with careful ground-truthing and prepare a map that clearly identifies fisher’s land and ocean-use and areas reserved for long-term housing for fishers.

For more information, contact: Pooja Kumar – 9791122180; K. Saravanan – 9176331717; Nityanand Jayaraman — 9444082401 

 

Time to change course

Chennai city will have no future if plans to fill the Ennore creek go ahead

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Since December 2015, Chennai has limped from one extreme weather-related shock to another — the floods, the failed monsoon of 2016, Cyclone Vardah, and now the water crisis. Chennai’s defining element is water. But the city shows scant regard for this precious but dangerous resource. Located squarely in the intervening floodplains of three rivers on a high-energy coastline, Chennai is a disaster-prone location. Any badly located city can be vulnerable merely by virtue of its location. But only a special kind of city — a city with a death wish — actively makes a bad situation worse.

Nothing speaks more elegantly to Chennai’s death wish than what governments are doing to the wetlands in North Chennai. In June, the State government conceded the Government of India-owned Kamarajar Port Ltd’s (KPL) request to divert 1,000 acres of the hydrologically sensitive Ennore wetlands for industrial installations that are best built on dry land. The proposal is pending Central government clearance. If permitted, KPL’s dream will turn out to be Chennai’s worst nightmare, far worse than the 2015 floods.

The importance of Ennore

Ennore Creek, a sprawling 8,000-acre tidal waterbody, is a place where climate change and disastrous land-use change converge. Two rivers with a total catchment of 5,000 sq km empty into the Ennore Creek.

This wetland’s importance may not be apparent. Much of the creek looks dry year-round, when visible waterspread is only 1,000 acres. But when cyclonic weather pushes the sea surging landwards, or when rainwaters from the two rivers come rushing to meet the sea, the waterspread in the creek swells to its majestic fullness. Come rain or storm surge, the availability of room for the rain or sea water to stay is what keeps the city from going under.

The creek offers another protection too. It buffers the rich aquifers of the Araniyar-Kosasthalaiyar Basin from the sea, and keeps salt water from invading groundwater resources that supply several hundred million litres daily to Chennai even during the worst droughts.

In 1996, the Tamil Nadu government protected a 6,500-acre stretch of the tidal waterbody under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification. But greed prevailed over good sense. More than 1,000 acres of the creek were lost to illegal encroachments that rise like dams across a river.

The offending installations block the path of rainwaters rushing down the Arani river and the mighty Kosasthalaiyar. Areas that never got flooded saw waters enter homes and remain for more than a fortnight in 2015. Tamil Nadu’s lifeline, the Manali petroleum refinery, went under water for days.

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சென்னையை அடுத்துள்ள எண்ணூர் பகுதிகளில் இந்திய அரசு அங்கீகாரம் பெற்ற, இதுநாள் வரை வெளியிடப்படாத கடற்கரை ஒழுங்கு முறை அறிவிப்பாணையின் (CRZ) வரைப்படத்தின் படி எண்ணூர் ஆற்றின் 8,000 ஏக்கர் நிலங்களில், மத்திய மாநில அரசின் பொதுத்துறை நிறுவனங்களைச் சேர்ந்த பல்வேறு நிறுவனங்கள் எந்த ஒரு  மேம்பாட்டுக்கும் அனுமதி இல்லை என்று குறிப்பிடப்பட்டுள்ள நிலங்களில் 1090 ஏக்கரை ஆக்கிரமித்திருக்கின்றன.
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கடற்கரை ஒழுங்குமுறை அறிவிப்பாணையின் படி அதன் அனுமதிக்காக சமர்ப்பிக்கப்படும் அனைத்து விண்ணப்பங்களையும், மாநில மற்றும் மாவட்ட கடற்கரை மேம்பாட்டு குழுமங்களின் அங்கீகரிக்கப்பட்ட திட்டம் மற்றும் வரைபடத்தின் அடிப்படையில் தான் மதிப்பிட வேண்டும். ஆனால், ஆர்டிஐ சட்டத்தின் மூலம் பெறப்பட்ட தகவலில் தங்களிடம் எண்ணூர் ஆற்றின் அங்கிகரீக்கப்பட்ட வரைபடம் இல்லை என திருவள்ளுவர் மாவட்ட  மற்றும் மாநில கடற்கரை மேம்பாட்டு குழுமங்கள் கூறியிருக்கின்றன. இதுவரையில் திட்ட அனுமதிக்கு  திட்டத்தை முன்மொழியும் நபர்கள் தந்த வரைபடங்களை அடிப்படையாக  வைத்து மட்டுமே அனுமதி தரப்பட்டு வந்திருக்கிறது. ஆர்டிஐ மூலம் தரப்பட்ட வரைபடத்தில் உள்ள முரண்பாடுகள் குறித்து இன்று பத்திரிகையாளர் சந்திப்பு நடைபெற்றது. இதில் ஜேசு ரத்தினம், எண்ணூர் அனைத்து கிராம மீனவ கூட்டமைப்பின் உறுப்பினர் ஸ்ரீனிவாசன், கடற்கரை வள மையத்தைச் சேர்ந்த சரவணன், சுற்றுசூழல் ஆர்வலர் நித்தியானந்த ஜெயராமன் ஆகியோர் பங்கேற்றனர்.

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CRZ Regulator Manipulates Documents; Denies Existence of Ennore Creek

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21 July, 2017. Chennai:   Two widely conflicting maps of the Ennore Creek, both of which were presented as Government of India-approved CRZ maps in two separate RTIs, have exposed serious irregularities and possible fraud in the functioning of the Department of Environment. A map provided to Jesu Rathinam of Coastal Action Network under RTI in 2009 by the Department of Environment declared as the map approved in 1996 by Government of India shows 6469 acres of Ennore Creek to be a tidal waterbody protected as No Development Zone under CRZ 1. However, in the version presented as the official map in response to a 2017 RTI – after controversy erupted over diversion of Ennore wetlands – the entire Ennore Creek has disappeared.

“Since both maps have been obtained under RTI, the Department of Environment has falsified information in one of the two cases. That is a punishable offence under the RTI Act,” said Jesu Rathinam. The map obtained by CAN covers a stretch of 16 km and is consistent with the Coastal Zone Management Plan that identifies Sheet 2, Thiruvallur District as covering a coastal stretch of 16 km. The later map given in response to the 2017 RTI, however, covers only 13 kmand makes it seem as if there is no Creek in the map area.

Releasing the documents at a press conference, Coastal Action Network, Coastal Resource Centre, Save Ennore Creek Campaign and Ennore fisherfolk demanded an independent probe into the functioning of the State Coastal Zone Management Authority and the Environment & Forest Department that heads the authority. The Ennore Creek protects Thiruvottiyur, RK Nagar, Madhavaram and Ponneri areas from flooding. “By converting Ennore Creek into real estate, we are condemning the people of North Chennai to a watery grave. The city could not handle the tiny Adyar when it flooded. If we lose the Creek and the mighty Kosasthalaiyar floods during the next rains, nothing can save this city,” warned R.L. Srinivasan, a fisher leader from the Coalition of All Ennore Fishing Villages. The Kosasthalai River can discharge 125,000 cusecs, which is far more than the combined discharge of Adyar and Cooum.

Documents obtained indicate that the map denying the existence of Ennore Creek is the falsified one. The 2017 RTI response includes a 1997 letter from the Ministry of Environment & Forests responding to requests for certain changes proposed to be made by the Government of Tamil Nadu to accommodate the setting up of a petrochemical park in Ennore.

Specifically, the Ministry allowed the Government of Tamil Nadu to re-draw the backwater limits contained in the 1996 approved map based on survey by the Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India. The Ministry, however, denied the Government of Tamil Nadu’s request to remove salt pans from the purview of CRZ and insisted that salt pans influenced by tidal actionwould invoke the protection of the CRZ Notification. The letter does not mention any request made or approval granted to alter the boundaries of the CRZ map.

“We believe the 1996 map – declaring the entire Creek as CRZ 1 — is the correct one as it is consistent with law and reality,” said K. Saravanan of Coastal Resource Centre. “The Naval Hydrographer – a scientific body — could not have ignored the existence of such a large tidal waterbody,” he said.

Two separate complaints have been filed with the Tamil Nadu Information Commission seeking a probe into the matter. The organisations have also approached the State Disaster Management Authority and the Chief Secretary to intervene to avert a disaster.

For more information, contact: Nityanand Jayaraman – 9444082401;

Jesu Rathinam – 9443316738. Blog: storyofennore.wordpress.com

Pollution board issues notice to Kamarajar port

Authorities told to remove materials dumped into Ennore creek immediately

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has initiated action against the Kamarajar port for dumping dredged materials into the Ennore creek in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) laws.

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In a letter dated June 23, the District Environmental Engineer of the TNPCB D. Vasudevan has said that based on complaints, the officials undertook an inspection of the site on June 17 and 19 and found that dredged material from the Kamarajar port was dumped into the creek, the CRZ area, in violation of the 2011 law. The board has instructed the port authorities in Ponneri taluk, Tiruvallur district to remove the dumped materials immediately.

In May, K. Saravanan of the Coastal Resource Centre had written to the TNPCB pointing out that the ongoing violation by port authorities included transport of dredged material through heavy vehicles in CRZ areas and dumping of the mud to form a large bund. He further highlighted that forming bunds, reclamation and disturbing the natural state of the waterbody were non-permissible activities. He also referred to the Kamarajar Port Limited (KPL) as a repeat offender who had already been instructed to refrain from dumping dredged material in CRZ areas earlier. A case regarding the port’s illegal dumping is pending in the National Green Tribunal.

 

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Remove Ennore creek waste: TNPCB to port

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.

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Where are the commons?

From land to creative spaces, our commons are being fenced by encroachers and even the state

The tension between ownership to tangible and intangible property and the enjoyment of the commons by all is not a new phenomenon. Fences could not have been there when land came into existence. Fences came later, encumbrances came later and so did title deeds and patta. Kuthambai, one of the ancient learned Siddhars, sang songs seemingly simple but layered with philosophical and metaphysical subtexts. One goes like this: “Vetta veli thannil meyyenrirupporkku pattayam edukkadi? (What would the one who has realised Infinite Space do with certificates of ownership?)” He was of course singing about a different space, not about tangible property like land.

Even after man felt that there was need for fences and certificates of ownership, he still recognised that some lands must be kept in common for use by all or for the sake of all. In medieval England they were called commons, a resource to be enjoyed by all. These lands and the non-arable lands were classified in Tamil as “poramboke”. The protest song “Porambokku enakku illai porambokku unakku illai porambokku oorukku porambokku bhoomikku” is about this commons and how the commons are diminishing. The words “mandai veli” and “maattuthaavani” are poignant echoes to a time when cattle had access to grazing grounds. Not now, those areas are covered by concrete structures. If we could divine the thoughts of our cattle, we would know they are wondering why their lives are protected with such violence and vehemence when all they want is grass.

 

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An Open Letter to Declare Ennore Creek as a Climate Sanctuary Save Chennai; Save Ennore Creek

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Over the last 18 months, Chennai has witnessed its worst flooding, a violent cyclone, a scorching summer, a drought, and a calamitous fire. All events are linked by some common threads — our collective disregard for safety; our inability to appreciate the long-term consequences of bad planning; political expediency; and our misplaced priorities that make us undervalue open unbuilt spaces. The mistakes of our past are catching up with us. But we don’t need to continue making those mistakes.

The Ennore Creek spreads over about 8000 acres. Of this, 1090 acres of wetland area has been lost to encroachments. Another 300 acres of Creek has been damaged by flyash from North Chennai Thermal Power Station’s leaky flyash pipelines. The existing encroachments have drastically altered contours by raising the level of the reclaimed land by up to 15 metres above sea level.

Kamarajar Port wants to convert an additional 1000 acres of wetland into real estate. As you read this, the Port is dumping dredged sand into newly constructed bunds to create a coal yard on 280 acres of the Creek. TANGEDCO is dumping sand and debris to block the Creek and the Kosasthalaiyar to build a coal conveyor for the ETPS power plants. TANGEDCO already has a railway line to transport coal from the port to the power plant. Why the cash-strapped TANGEDCO is constructing an expensive conveyor belt with money it does not have is anybody’s guess.

That is the bad news. But there is good news. Only 15 percent of the Creek has been encroached upon. Saving the remaining 7000 acres is a definite possibility. Arresting all further diversion of the Ennore wetlands, and reversing the encroachments wherever possible will vastly improve the region’s resilience to extreme weather events such as storms/cyclones, heavy rainfall and water scarcity. Such an action will be in line with the law and our obligations to future generations.

This is a mission that we all can – as individuals, communities and governments – engage ourselves in with a sense of shared purpose.

                                         Ennore Creek without Encroachments 1996                

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  Ennore Creek Encroached 2017

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The Creek

The Ennore Creek is bound on the north by the Pulicat Lake and to the south by the Manali marshlands. The worst encroached portion is also the most critical in terms of maintaining the hydrology of the region.

The Creek drains the Arani River, a portion of Lake Pulicat, the Kosasthalaiyar and the surplus course of the Puzhal Lake through the estuary at Mugatwarakuppam.

The Kosasthalaiyar has a catchment of 3757 square kilometres – more than double the combined catchment area of the Adyar and Cooum rivers. The Arani River drains about 1535 square kilometres. With a peak discharge of 125,000 cusecs, Kosasthalaiyar alone can drain more water into the Bay of Bengal than Adyar and Cooum put together.

Of the four estuaries draining Chennai – namely, Kovalam, Adyar, Cooum and Ennore – it is Ennore Creek that evacuates the largest volume of water. Four assembly constituencies – Ponneri, Madhavaram, R.K. Nagar and Thiruvotriyur – stand to be affected by floods if the Creek is compromised. If an Adyar flood brought us to our knees, a Kosasthalaiyar flood can cripple the city.

Ennore Creek can protect us against floods, storms and cyclones and seawater’s intrusion into groundwater.  That is why it deserves to be declared and protected as a Climate Sanctuary. There is much empty talk about climate resilient cities. In Ennore, the Government of Tamil Nadu and the city of Chennai have an opportunity to show the world how cities can actually be made climate resilient.

The Law

The Ennore Creek is a protected wetland under the Wetland Rules, 2010. Reclamation or setting up of new industries or expansion of existing industries is prohibited within protected wetlands.

The Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notifications of 1991 and 2011 too apply to the Creek, which is a tidal waterbody. The Government of India-approved Coastal Zone Management Plan, based on which all projects for CRZ clearance should be appraised, declares the entire Creek as CRZ 1 (ecologically sensitive) – a No Development Zone. Indeed, when the CZMP was approved in 1996, the Creek was free of encroachments. (See Annexure 4 – Google Earth 1996)

But, the CZMP was given a quiet burial, and projects allowed to encroach the Creek. Each encroachment is built by dumping earth or construction debris on water to create land that is anywhere between 15 and 45 feet (5 to 15 metres) above the originally prevailing contour levels. While these encroachments eat into the spread of the Creek, flyash spills from

TANGEDCO’s North Chennai Thermal Power Station have silted up deep water areas of the creek and reduced the depth of the creek from 14 feet below sea level to 2 to 4 feet. Despite orders from Madras High Court and National Green Tribunal, TANGEDCO continues to dump toxic flyash into the creek.

The Impacts

The encroachments have reduced the depth and the spread of the Ennore Creek. Once a famed fishing ground with a rich diversity of commercially valuable fish, prawns and crab, the Ennore Creek is gasping for life. Fishing economy has been badly hit, and once self-sufficient fisherfolk families in Mugatwarakuppam, Sivanpadai Kuppam and Kattukuppam have been reduced to poverty.

Flooding:

In December 2015, areas like Kuruvimedu, Athipattu, Athipattu Pudunagar, Ernavur, Manali New Town, Kodungaiyur, Vyasarpadi, Tondiarpet, Korukkupet —  located in the assembly constituencies of Madhavaram, Ponneri, R.K. Nagar and Thiruvottiyur — were badly affected by floodwaters because of the encroachments in Ennore Creek.

Storm Surges:

In December 2016, Cyclone Vardah made landfall in the Ennore region. The resultant storm surge of more than 1 metre above the astronomic tide inundated low-lying areas in the region. Normally, the Creek is the first shock absorber to deter the storm surge. But with its water carrying capacity vastly reduced, the Creek’s ability to absorb storm shocks has also declined. As the encroachment continues, storm surges will send seawater deep into the hinterland through the rivers, streams and channels and inundate areas that have never before experienced flooding due to tidal surges.

Salinity or Seawater Intrusion:

The AK-basin, or the area between Araniyar and Kosasthalaiyar, is a groundwater-rich area. Metrowater has six well-fields – Minjur, Panjeti, Thamaraipakkam, Poondi, Kannagiper and Floodplains — that yield upto 100 million litres per day of water for Chennai during water-scarce times such as now. The AK-basin is witnessing aggressive salinity intrusion. This will worsen as sea levels rise due to climate change.

Because the Creek stretches about 16 km in a north-south direction, tidal and storm surges are spread parallel to the coast rather than deep inland through rivers, streams and channels. The Ennore Creek’s western edges – which are the areas that have been and are being encroached – are salt marshes and abandoned salt pans. Compromising the creek will aggravate salinity intrusion and endanger Chennai’s water sources. Instead, if the western edges of the Creek are used to harvest rainwater, we can strengthen our defences against seawater intrusion.

Conclusion:

If cared for well, the Ennore Creek can become India’s first “climate sanctuary” — a human biosphere project or conservation reserve where multiple livelihood, ecological and climate adaptation objectives are accommodated.

Restoring the river to its original depth, recovering what can be recovered of its spread, and preventing further encroachment can yield significant dividends. This is doable and should be done.

The State administration is already aware of the importance of the Creek; many within the administration are keen to protect the Creek. Their hand needs to be strengthened. Citizens need to speak up to say that we cannot afford to lose more of our wetlands, not after all that has happened to us in the last 18 months.

Write to the Chief Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu (Email: cs@tn.gov.in)  urging her to do the following:

a) Declare Ennore Creek as a “Climate Sanctuary” and a No Construction Zone.

b) Prohibit any further encroachment; identify and remove existing encroachments.

d) Develop and execute a detailed ecological restoration plan for the Creek.

e) Restore Creek to its original depth in consultation with fisherfolk and at the expense of the polluters..

f) Protect sand dunes and natural features of the CRZ 1 areas on the Kattupally barrier island, and halt all commercial groundwater extraction ongoing in Kattupally Barrier Island.

Endorsed by:

Chandra Mohan – Arrapor Iyakkam

Sundarrajan G – Poovulagin Nanabargal

Arun Krishnamoorthy – Environmentalist Foundation of India

George – Ilanthamizhagam

Saravanan K / Pooja Kumar – The Coastal Resource Centre

Nityanand Jayaraman –  Save Ennore Creek Campaign

 

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