Ennore Creek: Made-to-Order High Tide Line


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

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‘Illegal map used to clear port plan in Ennore creek’

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority (TNSCZMA) has used a fraudulent CRZ map to facilitate industrial activity in Ennore creek, allege activists.
“Using this map, the TNSCZMA has diverted around 1,000 acres in the creek to facilitate a proposal by Kamarajar Port Ltd,” said Pooja Kumar from Coastal Resource Centre, referring to RTI responses received from the Department of Environment, Tamil Nadu, and the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, New Delhi on June 22.

On the allegation of using the wrong map, the member secretary, TNSCZMA, H Malleshappa said through the RTI response that he had furnished a map that was ‘revised and approved by Government of India in 1997.’Malleshappa’s response referred to a letter in 1997, in which the Government of India had permitted the TN government to revise the boundaries of Ennore creek, based on a survey by the Naval Hydrographer. He was, however, unavailable for comments despite repeated calls.

A subsequent RTI response from the Department of Environment dated July 20, however, exposed that the Department did not approach the Chief Hydrographer to demarcate the backwater areas. “In 1997, the Department of Environment did not approach the Chief Hydrographer to demarcate the backwater areas,” the response said. Further it revealed that subsequent to the letter dated 30.9.1997, no modification has been done.

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Ennore Creek falls off map, activists cry foul

Does the Ennore Creek exist or not? As per two RTI replies given by the Department of Environment, it exists and it doesn’t exist.

According to Jesu Rathinam of the Coastal Action Network, in the first RTI reply, a map provided by the Department of Environment, declaring it as approved by the Government of India, showed 6,469 acres of the Creek to be a tidal waterbody protected as a No Development Zone under CRZ-I regulations.

In response to another RTI this year, another official map shows that the entire Ennore Creek has disappeared.

The Coastal Action Network (CAN), the Coastal Resource Centre, the Save Ennore Creek Campaign and Ennore fisherfolk groups want an independent investigation into the functioning of the State Coastal Zone Management Authority and the Environment and Forests Department.

Environment activist Nityanand Jayaraman said as per the map given that now, more than 6,000 acres of the creek will vanish.


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Ennore creek erased from govt map, allege activists

CHENNAI: Two maps of the city given to environment activists based on RTI applications appear contradictory. The first, approved by the Centre in 1996, showed the presence of Ennore creek, spread over 6,569 acres, while the second does not have the creek at all.

Coastal Resource Centre founder Nityanand Jayaraman said it was the surprising that the creek, shown as a water body protected as a ‘no development zone’ under CRZ1 in the map presented after an RTI application filed in 2009, was completely missing in the map given after an application filed this year following a controversy over diversion of the Ennore wetlands.

Releasing both maps at a meeting here on Friday, the 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. The creek, they said, protected Thiruvottiyur, RK Nagar, Madhavaram and Ponneri areas from flooding.

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Ennore Creek is ‘Petrochemical Park’ in new CRZ map

CHENNAI: The new Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) map of Tiruvallur district has marked the 6,400-acre Ennore Creek as “Petrochemical Industrial Park”. Activists fear this is a backdoor attempt to industrialise the creek, an ecologically sensitive area where the Kosasthalaiyar River meets the sea.

The new map was accessed through the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Despite it being the most important document that to would regulate the development along the coastal area, there was no mention of when the map was prepared and by whom.
The new map is in sharp contrast to the 1996 map, which shows the 6,469 acres of Ennore Creek to be a tidal water body and protected as No Development Zone under CRZ-1.

Sharing the documents at the press meet on Friday, members of Coastal Action Network (CAN), Coastal Resource Centre, Save Ennore Creek Campaign and All Ennore Fishing Villages (AEFV) coalition demanded an independent probe into the working of the State Coastal Zone Management Authority and the Department of Environment.

Jesu Rathinam of CAN said she got the copy of the 1996 map in 2009 after struggling for three years. “Also, the map obtained by us covers a stretch of 16 km, while the latest map covers only 13 km and makes it seem as if there is no Creek in the map area,” she said.

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How can Ennore Creek go missing in map?

Reply from the department of environment denies the existence of the Ennore creek.

Activists examine the map showing Ennore creek at Chennai Press Club on Friday. (Photo: DC)

Chennai: When the environmental activists are crying foul over the exploitation of Ennore creek, a new revelation brought out through the Right to Information reveals shocking facts.  While the government approved map obtained through RTI by Jesu Rathinam of Coastal Action Network (CAN) in 1996 shows 6,469 acres of the Ennore creek as a No-Development Zone under CRZ-1, another reply from the department of environment denies the existence of the Ennore creek.

Pooja Kumar of Coastal Resource Centre (CRC), said, “The map that we (CRC) acquired through RTI in 2017 covers only 13 km and the entire Ennore creek had disappeared. But the map obtained by Coastal Action Network covers a stretch of 16 km and is consistent with the Coastal Zone Management Plan that identifies Sheet 2, Tiruvallur district.” Condemning the offence, Jesu Rathinam of CAN said, “Since both maps have been obtained under the RTI, the department of environment has falsified the information in one of the two cases. This is a punishable offence.”

The fishermen from Ennore and the environmentalists from CAN, CRC and Save Ennore Campaign on Friday demanded an independent probe into the functioning of the State Coastal Zone Management Authority and the department of environment. Environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman said, “There should be one map, but there are two maps which are government-approved. While one is legitimate, the other one is clearly a lie. Two different complaints have been filed before Information Commission and State Disaster Management Authority.”

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எண்ணூரில் ஆற்றைக் காணோம்! அதிரவைத்த ஆர்டிஐ தகவல்!!

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.
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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