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August 2012

Tsunami rehab glitch adds to woes

 CHENNAI: The redevelopment of tenements along Chennai's coast has slowed down due to the reluctance of fishing communities to move out. Nochikuppam in south Chennai is the latest such settlement which has been delinked by the World Bank from its tsunamirehabilitation programme.

Odisha: Experts reviewed the progress of india’s first regional coastal process study under ICZM Project

 Report by OD bureau; Bhubaneswar: The Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP) of Odisha organized the second advisory committee meeting of the Regional Coastal Process Study (Primary Data Collection) on 24th August 2012 at Bhubaneswar. The expert committee was constituted to monitor and guide the progress of country’s first ever Regional Coastal Process Study for the entire coast of Odisha under World Bank aided ICZM Project.

The committee has reviewed the quarterly progress of the Regional Coastal Process Study on primary data collection along the Odisha coast. The committee also assessed the methodology and the scientific strategy adopted for the RCPS on three broad parameters viz. Coastal Energy Inputs, Coastal Sediments and Coastal geomorphology. 

The quarterly progress report and the forth-coming Monsoon Work Plan for RCPS are presented by Dr. P. Chandramohan, Director of INDOMER the consultant for RCP Study. He shared elaborately the methodology and the strategy for accomplishing the monsoon work plan to the expert advisory committee. 

State to seek help from IIT-M to protect shoreline

 The Water Resources Department (WRD) is planning to approach IIT-Madras and Anna University for technical support for a project to construct groynes — a collection of boulders laid perpendicular to the shoreline, at regular intervals — between Ennore and Ernavoorkuppam.

The groynes will help protect the shoreline, prevent the incursion of seawater into fishing hamlets and help reclaim the shoreline.

The project envisages 10 groynes at a cost of Rs. 31.82 crore, and was announced in the assembly budget early this year. The WRD has proposed to seek the support of experts from IIT-Madras to design the project, which will cover nearly four km. This will comprise details on the location, length and behaviour of waves and sedimentation.

According to sources, a nearly 100-metre width of beach has been eroded near Royapuram over the past three decades. The impact of the erosion has been felt up to six km north of Chennai harbour, since the late 1970s.

Goa vulnerable to tsunami shocks

 PANAJI: A tsunami, occurring even up to a travel distance of eight hours away, could hit Goa. The state is also vulnerable to storm surges, due to local coastline and estuarine topography, finds a study by national institute of oceanography (NIO).

"When the tsunami arrived in Goa after breaking out in Sumatra in September 2007, it manifested at the Mandovi estuary as a weak tsunami, but revealed well-defined tsunami characteristics," an NIO publication says. The gigantic wave travelled nearly eight hours from the eastern region in the Sunda trench to Goa on the west coast of India.

The study by Anthony Joseph, Prakash Mehra and others was published in the Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Journal of the European Geoscience Union recently.

Danger to mangrove cover along Gulf of Khambhat

 GANDHINAGAR: In a systematic blow to high accolades Gujarat received from the Centre over the "net increase in the mangrove cover", reports from Jambusar in Bharuch in south Gujarat suggest that things may now be moving in the opposite direction. The reports point to the coastal areas in Gulf of Khambhat where the Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) and NGOs jointly developed dense mangroves plantations.

Principal secretary, environment and forests, H K Dash, who received the complaint from Rajesh Shah, told TOI that he is "looking into the matter" and has called for all details, "including if a particular salt producing company was allowed to build a protective wall next to the sea coast and remove mangroves".

He has asked GEC and the district collector of Bharuch to find out the truth and take necessary action under the environment protection act. GEC member-secretary A K Verma added, "We are trying to find out. But you cannot give lease to a company to produce salt in the area without coastal zone regulation clearance, which is a Government of India prerogative."

Fisherfolk to receive real-time ocean data from wave rider buoy

 A new wave rider buoy deployed off the Kodiakkarai coast will now provide satellite-enabled, real-time ocean state forecast to fisherfolk.

The wave rider buoy, deployed jointly under the aegis of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and INCOIS, Hyderabad, will mark a significant shift in the critical ocean state information from forecast to real-time data for stakeholders.

Wave rider buoy is a sea-monitoring system integrated with INSAT. The buoy will gauge sea conditions, from wave patterns, swells and depths to sea temperature, and transmit the data as real-time information via satellite to the earth stations. Here, INCOIS and MSSRF will be the receiving stations of the real-time information from the buoys. The processed date will include ocean weather forecasts on high wave alerts and cyclonic surges.

The ocean state information involves an array of critical inputs on wave pattern and swell, sea temperature, wave speed, wind speed, water currents, including cyclone alerts, in three-hour intervals as real-time data. This is an upgraded departure from the forecast format to real-time reading of the ocean state by the Village Resource Center of the MSSRF for fisherfolk, as primary stakeholders.

Fisherfolk give consent to road project at harbour

 The Ennore Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP), which has been hanging fire for a decade, has received a boost with the protesting fisherfolk agreeing to cooperate with the main promoters for widening the 1.6-km stretch from S.N. Chetty Street to N4 Police Station at Kasimedu Fishing Harbour.

 While the Shipping Minister laid the foundation stone for the project, about three km from the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) main gate, the stakeholders were confused how to link the project with the gate. Assembly speaker D. Jayakumar, representing the Royapuram constituency, was roped in to convince the fisherfolk.

 For about a month, fisherfolk from different villages were protesting against the EMRIP as they were under the impression that the project would take away a substantial portion of land near the seafront.

Besides, it would hamper their free movement and livelihood.

Ocenarium project: Mangroves to be replanted in Maradu

KOCHI: Having learnt the lessons from the earlier failures to get environment clearances for projects planned in the coastal regulation zone (CRZ), the state government has decided to replant the mangroves uprooted for the Kochi Oceanarium project in the backwaters of Maradu.

The Rs 480-crore project is a public private partnership (PPP) initiative of State Fisheries Resource Management Society (FIRMA) and is coming up on a 50-acre land in Puthuvypeen.

Ocenarium project: Mangroves to be replanted in Maradu

KOCHI: Having learnt the lessons from the earlier failures to get environment clearances for projects planned in the coastal regulation zone (CRZ), the state government has decided to replant the mangroves uprooted for the Kochi Oceanarium project in the backwaters of Maradu.

The Rs 480-crore project is a public private partnership (PPP) initiative of State Fisheries Resource Management Society (FIRMA) and is coming up on a 50-acre land in Puthuvypeen.

Two hamlets show road to better solid waste management

 Just after dawn, a tricycle with marked baskets for degradable and non-degradable waste is towed through the streets of Karaikalmedu and Kilijalmedu. Two sets of garbage – one in plastic cover and the other in a bin is placed outside each house – based on their biodegradability.

The sanitation workers pick up the garbage, vet the segregation and dump it in the tricycle. The door-to-door collection would continue up to noon, when the dump is taken to the Material Recovery Facility (compost yard). The compost yard is compartmentalised with space for plastic bags and scrap . The biodegradable waste goes onto the compost beds to become nutrient-rich organic manure.

And the same exercise is carried out day-after-day at Karaikalmedu and Kilinjalmedu. The two fishing villages tucked away in the interiors of Karaikal shows a better way of solid waste management . And this they have done without aid or cooperation from the Karaikal municipality.