Not Another Flood Please ; Stop Encroaching on Wetlands in Ennore

Edappadi Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu - Chairman, State Disaster Management Authority

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Ten Lakh Chennai residents are at higher risk of disastrous flooding because Government of Tamil Nadu has allowed Kamarajar Port to convert 1000 acres of Ennore wetlands into industrial real estate. Chennai has barely recovered from the 2015 floods. Don't let Chennai get flooded again. Tell the Government to stop encroaching on the Ennore wetlands.

தமிழ்நாடு அரசு எண்ணூர் ஆற்றில் 1000 ஏக்கர் ஆக்கிரமிப்புக்கு அனுமதி கொடுத்தால்
10 லட்சம் சென்னை குடிவாசிகள் வெள்ளததில் முழுகும் அபாய நிலையில் உள்ளனர். 2015 அம் ஆண்டில் ஏற்பட்ட வெள்ளத்தில்லிருந்து சென்னை மீளவில்லை. சென்னையில் மீண்டும் வெள்ளம் வர அனுமதிக்காதீர். அரசாங்கத்திடம் எண்ணூர் ஆற்றில் நடந்து வரும் ஆக்கிரமிப்பை நிறுத்த சொல்.


Urge our government to prepare for the imminent monsoon and cyclone season by:

1. Directing Kamarajar Port, NTECL or any other entities to avoid any further encroachment on any portion of the Ennore Creek.

எண்ணூர் உப்பங்கழியில் மேலும் ஆக்கிரமிப்புகளுக்கு அரசு அனுமதி கொடுக்கக்கூடாது. காமராஜர் துறைமுகம் மற்றும் NTECL-ஐ உப்பங்கழியின் எந்த பகுதியையும் ஆக்கிரமிக்க கூடாது என்று உத்தரவிட வேண்டும்.

2. Directing NTECL to restore the areas already encroached for expansion of its ash pond in Vallur, and Kamarajar Port to restore the areas encroached for setting up its coal yard and free trade warehouse zone.

NTECL-இன் சாம்பல் குட்டையின் விரிவாக்கத்திற்காக ஆக்கிரமித்து வரும் இடங்கள் மற்றும் துறைமுகத்தினால் நிலக்கரி கிடங்கு மற்றும் தடையில்லா வர்த்தக கிடங்கு மண்டலங்களுக்குகாக ஆக்கிரமித்துள்ள இடங்களை மீட்டெடுத்து மறுசீரமைக்க வேண்டும்

3. Dredging the Cochrane Canal and the Buckingham Canal to their original depths, and restoring the Paraval or backwaters.

கொக்ரெய்ன் கால்வாய் மட்டும் பக்கிங்காம் கால்வாயை அதனுடைய அசல் ஆழத்திற்கு தூர் வாரி வெள்ள நீர் வடிவதற்கு சாதகமாக மாற்றியமைக்க வேண்டும்.


Save Ennore Creek ; Save Chennai



Petition by
Story of  Ennore
Chennai, India

To: Edappadi Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu - Chairman, State Disaster Management Authority
From: [Your Name]

SUBJECT: 10 lakh Chennai Residents at Risk of Disastrous Flooding Due to GoTN's Approval of Encroachment in Ennore Creek

The December 2015 floods were a result in large part due to the loss of wetlands and the growth of the city by encroaching waterways and waterbodies. A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs submitted a report in August 2016 urging the state government to "check the mafia involved in illegal construction for business and usurping water bodies for their real estate business."

It is unfortunate that the Government of Tamil Nadu is itself involved in “usurping waterbodies.” We refer to the recent approval of the Government of Tamil Nadu to convert portions of Ennore Creek into industrial real estate for Kamarajar Port. A proposal by NTECL, Vallur, to further expand its coal ash dump by reclaiming the Creek is currently pending at the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. Both Kamarajar Port and NTECL are public sector units.

The Ennore Creek absorbs floodwaters from Kosasthalaiyar and protects inland areas from flooding by draining it through the Ennore Creek. In 2015, areas such as Athipattu, Athipattu New Town, Nandiambakkam, Vallur, Pattamandiri, Poochettipattu, Melur, Kondakarai, Vellivoyal Chavadi, Naapalayam, Vichoor, Edayanchavadi, Kolakkarai, Andarkuppam, Kadapakkam, Manali New Town, Burma Nagar, Sadayankuppam, Kosappur, Sentiambakkam, Thiyambakkam, Ariyalur, Kanniammanpettai, Vilangadupakkam, Vyasarpadi, Kodungaiyur, MKB Nagar, Ezhil Nagar, KKD Nagar, Washermanpet, Korukkupet, RK Nagar and Ernavur were badly flooded. The CPCL petroleum refinery too was shut down due to flooding, as floodwaters from Manali could not drain through the swollen Kosasthalaiyar.

These areas were flooded because illegal industrial encroachments spreading over 1090 acres of Kosasthalaiyar's wetlands. Nearly 10 lakh people live in the areas that have been made flood prone by these industrial encroachments in Ennore Creek. The Kosasthalaiyar is far larger than the Adyar and Cooum rivers. Its catchment of 3800 square kilometres is four times the combined drainage areas of Adyar and Cooum. The existing encroachments have drastically reduced the backwater area of Kosasthalaiyar in addition to blocking east flowing waters.

Any further encroachment into the Creek will result in floods that are far worse than the 2015 floods. Even average and above average rains will lead to disastrous flooding. By permitting further encroachments in Ennore Creek, the governments of India and Tamil Nadu are making a bad situation worse. These flood-prone areas are populated by low-income communities who lack the economic resilience to withstand another flood shock.

The State and National Disaster Management Authority are headed by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Prime Minister of India. They should prioritise the safety of Chennai's residents and ask Kamarajar Port and NTECL to build their respective facilities on dry land instead of in the river.

I urge you to prepare for the imminent monsoon and cyclone season by:
1. Directing Kamarajar Port, NTECL or any other entities to avoid any further encroachment on any portion of the Ennore Creek.
2. Directing NTECL to restore the areas already encroached for expansion of its ash pond in Vallur, and Kamarajar Port to restore the areas encroached for setting up its coal yard and free trade warehouse zone.
3. Dredging the Cochrane Canal and the Buckingham Canal to their original depths, and restoring the Paraval or backwaters.