Public Hearing Announcement for 1 x 660 MW Ennore Thermal Power Station (Replacement)

Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has announced the Public Hearing for the 1 x 660MW Ennore Thermal Power Station (Replacement) scheduled to be held on the 30th of May 2017 at Camp – 1 of the ETPS complex in Ennore.

EIA can be accessed here : May 2017 – Environmental Impact Assessment for 1 x 660 MW Ennore Thermal Power Project Replacement – TANGEDCO

Once a biological hotspot, biodiversity in the Ennore Creek has been steadily declining. In the 1960s, the Manali Industrial Area and Ennore Thermal Power Station were set up encroaching on wetlands connected to the creek. The industrialisation and consequent degradation intensified starting in the 1970s with the setting up of  ETPS (1970s) NCTPS (1980s), KPL (2000) and the Vallur Thermal Power Plant about five years ago. In what would be the 4th addition to the already overburdened Ennore thermal power cluster, the commissioning of the Ennore Thermal Power Station Replacement will be yet another cut in the lives and livelihoods of thousands of fishermen living in the region.

Watch this space for more updates.

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Stop Kamarajar Port Expansion; Save Kosasthalaiyar-Ennore Creek

Save Chennai from a Watery Grave
Attend the TNPCB-run public hearing on expansion of Kamarajar Port Ltd
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Add your voice to the voices of the fisherfolk from Mugatwarakuppam, Kaattukuppam, Sivanpadaiveethikuppam, Thazhankuppam, Ennore Kuppam and Nettukuppam.

Bring your objections in writing addressed to:

District Environmental Engineer
Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board,
77-A, South Avenue Road, Ambattur  Industrial Estate,
Ambattur Taluk,  Chennai – 600 058. Thiruvallur District

WHEN: 11 a.m. 5 August, 2016

WHERE: Inside the premises of M/s Kamarajar Port Ltd, Puzhuthivakkam Village, Vallur Post, Chennai 600120. Ponneri Taluk, Thiruvallur District

PROJECT: Development of the facilities envisaged in the Port Master plan (Phase III) of Kamarajar Port by M/s. Kamarajar Port Ltd.

Click here to view The Environmental Impact Assessment

BACKGROUND:

Hidden from public view, Kamarajar Port has been filling up waterbodies in the Ennore wetlands complex to create land for its allied facilities. Already, much damage has been done to the Ennore Creek which drains both the River Kosasthalaiyar and the River Araniyar into the Bay of Bengal through the estuary at Mugathwarakuppam.

December 2015 was a reminder of the deadly consequences of encroaching on wetlands. The constriction of the waterways, the filling up of the Buckingham Canal and the destruction of mangroves by KPL, and the thermal power plants has already taken a toll as Athipattu Pudunagar, Manali New Town, Ernavur and Kathivakkam faced unprecedented flooding last year.

KPL’s expansion will spell the death of the Kosasthalaiyar. There is still time to avert a disaster. Attend the public hearing; spread the word; raise objections. Stop further encroachments into waterbodies.

For more information, contact: thecoastalresourcecentre@gmail.com