Notching yet another victory against illegal industrial encroachments in Ennore Creek, the region’s fisherfolk welcomed Kamarajar Port Ltd’s (KPL) Rs. 1.36 crore tender for removal of dredged sand that was dumped on salt pans to convert the wetlands into real estate. Saltpans are protected wetlands under Coastal Regulation Zone Notification and the National Wetland Rules, 2010. KPL is in possession of 637.7 acres of saltpan lands that was transferred from the Central Salt Department in March 2015.
Highlighting the illegallity of KPL’s dumping, the Ennore Anaithu Meenava Grama Koottamaippu (Ennore All Fisher Village Coalition) and Chennai-based Coastal Resource Centre, halted the activity last August 2015. In October 2016, KPL once again resumed its dumping only to be stopped by the Thiruvallur sub-collector, who was inspecting the removal of such encroachments along with fisher representatives and city-based environmentalists.
For the first time in the 25 years…
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