September 2012

Heat is on for thermal power too


The threat of environmental damage by coal-fired plants has triggered protests similar to those against the Kudankulam project

While villagers in a part of coastal Tamil Nadu are protesting against a nuclear power plant, in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh a more conventional method of energy production has been the trigger for widespread protests.

Three dozen or more thermal power stations are coming up at several places along the Andhra coast. In north coastal Andhra, fishermen and farmers have repeatedly clashed with the authorities, leading to police firing and deaths. The thermal stations, they fear, will deprive them of livelihood and cause serious health disorders in the long run.

Officials urged to expedite works on tsunami houses

 Steps should be taken for speedy execution of construction of houses for tsunami victims in coastal villages here and hand over the houses to beneficiaries at the earliest, said Apoorva, project director, Tsunami Project Implementation Unit.

Ms. Apoorva held discussion with officials and contractors involved in construction of houses and other facilities under tsumani rehabilitation project and Rajiv Gandhi Rehabilitation programme on Tuesday.

Houses are under construction with assistance from World Bank at Avudaiyarkoil and Manamelkudi panchayat unions . Ms. Apoorva directed contractors involved in the project to ensure quality and complete the project by November 30 next.

Sea wall coming up to shore up Thevanampattinam coast

 The Thevanampattinam coast is being secured through the construction of the “rubble mound sea wall (RMS wall).” This measure has been taken to protect the biggest fishermen habitation in the district from being eroded by seawater incursions.

It may be noted that the December 2004 tsnami wrought havoc in this habitation, claiming several lives and pulling down many tenements.

Ever since the lives of fishermen are on tenterhooks as sea waves have been making deep incursions into the land. Therefore, the fishermen community had appealed to the government to protect the coast through appropriate measures.

The highly placed sources in the Public Works Department told TheHindu that conceding their demand the government had deployed Professor Sundaram of the Indian Institute of Technology –Madras to conduct a study on sea behaviour and suggest the protective measures to be adopted.

A village, revived


Below each building is a common storeroom where the resident fishermen can keep their nets, ropes and tackle. On special occasions, these spaces can be cleared out and used to host community events and functions.

This is the Moragaon koliwada or fishing village, as envisioned in a redevelopment plan set forth by a group of 40 fourth-year architecture students and two faculty members of Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA). Work on the plan began early last year.

“Our land is prime property, so we are constantly under pressure from builders to sell out,” says fisherman and Moragaon resident Rajesh Mangela. “Most of us want to self-develop the area and safeguard our land, our lifestyle and our culture, so we decided to seek help.”

Accordingly, members of the local fishermen’s cooperative, Juhu Moragaon Machchimar VKSS Ltd, approached the architecture institute, asking if they could study the 26,500-sq-metre area and provide a blueprint for self-development.

The institute took up the request, assigning it to fourth-year students as the annual project. The students began their research in June 2011, with help from students of the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), who conducted surveys to explore the residents’ infrastructural and social needs.


The resultant plan seeks to strike a balance between modernity and a traditional lifestyle, also drawing on existing skills such as cooking to augment the dwindling income from fishing.




Odisha's 1st geo-tube seawall project in Kendrapara

Press Trust of India / Kendrapara (Odisha) September 21, 2012, 15:17

Odisha's first geo-tube sea wall project under World Bank-funded Integrated Coastal Zone Management Programme is likely to get underway in Kendrapara district shortly.

IIT-Chennai has accorded the 'go ahead' to the much-awaited sea-erosion-control project after its experts conducted wide-ranging scientific and morphological study of the vulnerable sea coast.

IIt has submitted the report. The premier institute has also approved the technical design and plan of the anti-sea-erosion project at Pentha in Rajnagar tehsil. Tender bid of Rs 22 crore project is being invited. We hope work will start this winter," Executive Engineer, saline embankment division, Jugal Kishore Tripathy said.

The sea wall where geo-tube barrier will be installed would come up at an estimated Rs 22 crore.


The embankment height would run up to 7.4 metre. The tidal surge rises up to 5 metre during cyclonic storm. Thus it could withstand the ingress of tidal waves. The length of the embankment would be 675 metre instead of 700 metre as it was earlier planned, he said.

Green nod for captive jetty of Cheyyur power plant



Community involvement in conserving Point Calimere promoted

 Point Calimere known for its abundance of fauna was the focus of a recent conservation exercise by cadets of 3 Tamil Nadu Air Squadron (Tech) NCC Air Wing, who sensitised the local community on a host of issues, including human-animal conflict to involve residents directly in conservation.

Cadets from Bishop Heber College, Tiruchi, prepared pamphlets with suggestions on conservation measures and distributed them to the local community at Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagapattinam.

Cadets interacted with local residents, educating them on simple steps they could take to preserve the wildlife in the region. Prior to the field activity, A.Relton, Director, Au Sable Institute and Dean of Extension Activities, Bishop Heber College, made a presentation on the eco system in Point Calimere, a guide to spotting fauna in the region. Highlighting the barriers hindering local conservation, he also dwelt on conservation measures taken by the Ministry of Forests in the area.

Gearing up for construction of houses

 The State government has sanctioned as many as 90,000 concrete houses to be built at a cost Rs 1 lakh each for cyclone ‘Thane’ affected people in Cuddalore district, according to Collector Rajendra Ratnoo.

Addressing the officials here on Tuesday, he said that to start with 25 villages, at the rate of five each in the panchayat unions of Cuddalore, Annagramam, Panruti, Kurinjipadi and Parangipettai, would be identified for the construction of houses.

The houses should be built in a time-bound manner.

Hence, the Collector called upon the officials of the departments concerned to source the buildings materials in adequate quantity for the speedy completion of the project.

Dredging at Kasimedu to begin soon

 Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) officials on Saturday issued work orders for dredging the space below the fish auction platform at Kasimedu Fishing Harbour to remove the slush. This step is an attempt to meet a long-pending demand of the fisherfolk.

The Fishing Harbour Management Committee (FHMC) recently issued a circular to the boat owners to move their boats away from the fishing harbour as it came in the way of dredging. However, the boat owners resisted the move as according to them, there was no sign of dredging process beginning.

The fisherfolk had also sought the reclamation of land at a different location as compensation for the land they gave away towards the widening of 1.6 km stretch from S.N. Chetty Street to ChPT zero gate as part of the Rs.600 crore Ennore Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP).

To commence the work, ChPT has to obtain Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances from the District-level and State-level committees. Though officials concerned had agreed three weeks ago to accord the go-ahead signal, a meeting to this effect is yet to take place, sources said.

Fishermen gear up for protracted struggle against projects

 The AITUC-affiliated Andhra Pradesh Matsya Karmika Sangam (APMKS) on Wednesday resolved to launch a relentless struggle against the large number of industrial projects coming up on the State coastline depriving them of their livelihood.

The Andhra Pradesh Matsya Karmika Sangam which held its third state conference here lamented that fishermen all along the coast were affected by fall in catch due to industrial pollution from Ichapuram to Tada.

“Already half of the vast coastline in the State has been taken over for various industrial projects. We do not know any occupation other than fishing. We will be like fish out of water if we are moved away from the coast,” its general secretary P. Ilaiah said.

Over six crore people were directly and indirectly depended upon the fisheries sector for a living now, he added.