June 2, 2009
Following their report on the Death of India’s Beaches on 28 May, NDTV has started a series called “India’s Dying Beaches”, slated to cover all the coastal states of India.
Their first report in this series: “Coastal Chennai losing homes to sea” can also be viewed on the NDTV site here.
Marina Beach, now considered the second longest beach in the world, was “born at the death of another”, north of the port. In the northern suburbs of Chennai, not only have homes and coastal livelihoods been destroyed, the ground waters have turned saline, and villagers have to depend on “private tanker mafia”, paying Rs. 50 per day for their daily needs.