Fisherfolk Struggle to Protect Ennore Creek

Reported by

Sumana

Published on

February 1, 2017

February 1, 2017

Updated on

February 1, 2017

Location of Conflict

Ennore

Thiruvallur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Thermal Power Plant

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People Affected by Conflict

10000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

809

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Starting Year

1980

State

Tamil Nadu

Sector

Power

Fisherfolk and residents in and around Ennore in Chennai have been protesting against pollution of the Ennore creek and encroachment of land by various Industries and the government. The total wetland area in Ennore, as per the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, is 2,000 acres. Since the 1980s, effluents have been released into the creek, which connects with the Araniyar and Kosathalaiyar rivers as well as the manmade Buckingham canal. North Chennai Thermal Power Plant, Manali Petrochemical Industrial Complex and three other power plants in the area are allegedly the main contributors to the pollution. After years of protest by the fishing community, the Madras High Court in 1996 ordered the thermal power plant to stop dumping fly ash into the creek as well as to clean up waste that was dumped into it earlier. But despite the court order, the plant continues to dump effluents into the creek. This, the residents complain, adversely affects their health. The environmental impacts of encroachment of the wetlands was felt in 2015 during floods, as excess water could not be drained into the wetlands. Following the floods, activists and local people approached the National Green Tribunal and argued that the Ennore wetlands must be protected as they played a crucial role in flood control. Encroachment by industries has also displaced the residents of two fishing villages, who have been forced to relocate to a place 2km from the sea. They fear further displacement as talks of opening another power plant in the area have been going on. Fisherfolk and activists continue to fight against the encroachment of the creek and have opposed the setting up of more factories and ports in the area. In November 2018, the Madras High Court stayed the expansion of the Kamaraj Port following petitions by the fisherfolk, who alleged that the port will block their access to the sea.

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Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Tamil Nadu Government, Ennore Thermal Power Plant, Chennai Port

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