New Issues Now Emerging With ECR Expansion In Chennai!!, Challenges In East Coast Road (ECR) Expansion, NGT Environmental Activists’ Allegations, ECR Ecological Violations In South Chennai, Petitioner Mr. Saravanan’s Photos, Illegal Dumping Of Soil And Rubble From NHAI Quarry
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New Issues Now Emerging With ECR Expansion In Chennai!!, Challenges In East Coast Road (ECR) Expansion, NGT Environmental Activists’ Allegations, ECR Ecological Violations In South Chennai, Petitioner Mr. Saravanan’s Photos, Illegal Dumping Of Soil And Rubble From NHAI Quarry

New Issues Now Emerging With ECR Expansion In Chennai!!, Challenges In East Coast Road (ECR) Expansion, NGT Environmental Activists’ Allegations, ECR Ecological Violations In South Chennai, Petitioner Mr. Saravanan’s Photos, Illegal Dumping Of Soil And Rubble From NHAI Quarry

With environmental activists, fishermen etc submitting fresh evidence to the NGT regarding violations of environmental laws, new challenges have emerged for the expansion of the ECR (East Coast Road) in south Chennai.

The petitioner, Mr Saravanan, had submitted photographs suggesting that the NHAI had illegally dumped earth and quarry debris in the ecologically sensitive tidal zones of Odaiyur Lake, located between Kalpakkam and Marakkanam.

The area falls under the CRZ or Coastal Regulatory Zone, which the petitioner claimed was true. As a result, the regulations prohibit any filling activity in the zone due to its unique habitat and biological importance, especially in the case of sea grass beds and intertidal mudflats. The petitioner later claimed that the NHAI’s action was contrary to its own status report filed in April. The status report indicated that water would be blocked on one side of the lagoon, but as per the latest evidence, both sides of the lagoon were blocked, restricting tidal exchange. This would damage the ecosystem as the lagoon would be deprived of essential sediments and nutrients etc. carried by the tides.

As per NHAI, the construction of the bulkhead was planned in 2 phases (for free flow of natural tidal water) but a private company took up the work on the northern side without realizing the impact. The point is that the private company was instructed to partially stop the work. It may be recalled that on July 3, NGT had directed NHAI to remove the bulkhead on the northern side before completing the work on the southern side.

The point is that the Mamallapuram-Puducherry section of the ECR had faced multiple delays earlier due to issues between the state and union governments. It was only in 2022 that the issues were resolved with the widening of the road to a four-lane expressway. Now, it is believed that the ongoing environmental issues are complicating the already troubled history of the project. Now, the residents of Kottivakkam want the NHAI to resolve these issues as soon as possible as the number of accidents on this section is on the rise.

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