Forest dept wakes up, stays illegal construction near Pulicat

CHENNAI: Cracking the whip on rampant illegal constructions at the ecologically-sensitive Pulicat, the State forest department stayed a mega residential project that proposed to construct rows of villas on the sea front of the lake.

The action came following a series of reports in Express, including one on July 28 that detailed the real estate developments in the area, including the under-construction township coming up within the Pulicat sanctuary.K Geethanjali, wildlife warden, Chennai, told Express that a team has been sent to probe the allegation that construction was taking place within the Pulicat sanctuary boundaries.

“About 13 villages under local panchayat limits are part of Pulicat sanctuary, which is a no-development zone. Traditional fishermen in the area can carry out bona fide activities, but building permanent structures for commercial activities is prohibited. We issued notices and works have been stopped,” the official said.Read More »


Deadly metals found in fish from Ennore creek

CHENNAI: The seafood you eat could have toxic elements like mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium, a study has found. Such heavy metals pose health threats that include cancer, lung infection and failure of kidneys and other organs.

A study by Aquaculture Foundation of India and three institutions including Anna University have found concentration of heavy metals in the water and marine organisms in and around Ennore creek due to pollution from industries and domestic sources.

The study published last year examined the level of eight metals in the water and five species that are eaten. The concentration was compared to that of permissible limits prescribed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an agency of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. After finding the levels to be high, the consortium has initiated another round of investigation to take a closer look at nickel content in seafood. Read More »