Kanimozhi urges Centre to protect Ennore creek
By Express News Service | Published: 04th August 2017 11:00 AM |
CHENNAI: Expressing concern over the impending danger of disturbing the Ennore creek where the North Chennai Thermal Power Plant is dumping fly ash and Kamarajar Port is planning to build facilities, DMK MP Kanimozhi on Thursday sought the Centre’s intervention to protect the creek.
Raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha, she said, “If the creek is compromised any further, nothing can save Chennai during floods. I urge the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Road Transport to ensure the creek is not disturbed and port expansion is done on dry land.”
Kanimozhi recalled that encroachments and industrial installations that had come up on the protected wetland had prevented water from flowing into the sea, where Araniyar and Kosasthalaiyar converge, during the 2015 deluge causing flooding of several areas. Despite 6,500 acres of the creek which has a total extant of 8,000 acres being declared as no development zone under the CRZ, industrial installations have come up at 1,090 acres of protected wetland.
The North Chennai Thermal Power Plant had dumped fly ash into 300 acres while Kamarajar Port is trying to build facilities including coal yards and warehouse by filling 1,000 acres, she stated, and added the Port wants to expand another 1,000 acres and convert it into real estate land.
She also rued that the Environment department of TN government had created a map showing no creek at all.
Noting that the Minister for Environment and Forests had assured, in reply to a question earlier, implementation of an integrated scheme of National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco-systems and notification of the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010, the DMK MP stressed that expansion work must be done on dry land.