WHAT: Release of Report on Chennai Corporation’s CRZ Violations on Chennai’s Beaches

WHEN – Wednesday, 26th November 2014 at 12:00 noon

WHERE – Chennai Press Club, Wallajah Road (Near State Guest House)

Background –  

The beach is an important livelihood space for fisherfolk. Equally importantly, it is a buffer that protects the city from nature’s fury in the event of cyclones or climate-change induced sea level rise. Increasingly, however, Chennai’s beaches are being encroached upon. The Corporation of Chennai which is responsible for regulating building construction in the city seems to be not just absent when it comes to coastal regulation, but is an active violation of Coastal Regulation rules.

This report is the result of investigation via Google Earth images and ground-truthing. The report covers the stretch from the southern bank of the River Cooum to Periya Neelankarai village in the south.

In July 2014 and again in November 2014, the Corporation of Chennai spent taxpayers’ money to commence work on three separate, though equally controversial, plans to “beautify” the beach.  All these activities were executed in or near the intertidal zone and on the seaward side of existing approved roads. These activities are prohibited under the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011, as they alter the natural state of the beach and/or involve the dumping of construction debris and other waste at or near the ecologically sensitive intertidal zone. In all these instances, the Corporation is the main party behind the violation. In other instances, the Corporation of Chennai is named as a responsible party for having failed to discharge its responsibility of effective management of disposal of construction debris. The Corporation of Chennai, along with the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, is responsible for regulating buildings and construction, including of roads, within the city. It is particularly worrisome that the regulator itself is a prominent violator of coastal construction norms.

Organized by – The Coastal Resource Centre of the Other Media

For more information, contact:

  1. Saravanan – 9176331717

Nityanand Jayaraman – 9444082401

Coastal Resource Centre – a program of The Other Media

No. 92, Thiruvalluvar Nagar 3rd Cross, Besant Nagar, Chennai 600 090


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