Spread the word; Be there!!!
When: 4.30 p.m. 3 April, 2009 (Friday)
What: Launch of Save Chennai Beaches campaign by residents of Santhome, Mylapore, Besant Nagar, and Thiruvanmiyur.
Where: Boy’s Club, Northern end of Besant Nagar beach on 5thAvenue, Besant Nagar.
Who: Adv. Sriram Panchu, V. Arun (Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network), Fisher leaders, residents and youth.
Chennai’s beaches – Marina, Elliot’s and Thiruvanmiyur – are the city’s last remaining open spaces for public to congregate and enjoy a bit of fresh air. More importantly, the beach is an important livelihood space for fisherfolk, who park their boats, dry their nets, repair their gear, and ply their trade there. Chennai’s beaches also boast immense ecological significance as the nesting grounds for the Olive Ridley Turtle, a species that is to be treated at par with the Tiger as per the Indian Wildlife Act, 1972.
A new proposal, to construct a 6-lane 7.5 km elevated expressway along the beach from Marina to ECR in Kottivakkam, will forever rob the beach of its myriad uses for humans and wildlife. The Rs. 1000 crore proposal envisages a high-speed expressway linking Marina beach to Elliot’s Beach in the first phase, and Elliot’s beach to ECR in Kottivakkam, in the second phase. Running through at least 8 fishing villages, the Road will displace 1000s of people, and severely disrupt fishing activities along the coast.
No other alternatives to decongest Santhome High Road have been explored by the Highways Department. Building more and more roads cannot be the only solution to the city’s traffic problem. With more than 800 new private vehicles hitting the road each day, no amount of new roads will suffice. In the absence of alternatives suggested by the Highways Department, it falls upon citizens to provide the alternatives. But first, let’s stop the Expressway.
For more information, contact:
Nityanand Jayaraman. 9444082401 Akila Phadnis. 9940061432
Copy of Feasibility Report for Expressway: www.sipcotcuddalore.com/reports.html