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 »

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Illegal Roads eat into 5.8 km of coastline in Chennai

The Corporation of Chennai and suburban coastal local bodies have laid 5.8 km of illegal roads between Thiruvanmiyur and Muttukadu, according to a report released by the Coastal Resource Centre. The report documents 10 illegal sea side roads laid by the civic bodies. The report was released today at a press conference attended by fisherfolk representatives from Kottivakkam, Thiruvanmiyur, Urur Kuppam and Srinivasapuram along with members of citizen group ‘Save Chennai Beaches’.

Illegal Road between Palavakkam to Kottivakkam
Illegal Road between Palavakkam to Kottivakkam
Illegal Road at Nainar Kuppam
Illegal Road at Nainar Kuppam
Illegal Road outside Hare Rama Hare Krishna Compound, Thiruvanmiyur
Illegal Road outside Hare Rama Hare Krishna Compound,       Thiruvanmiyur
Illegal Road at Old Karikattu Kuppam
Illegal Road at Old Karikattu Kuppam

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