A 1965 declassified aerial imagery acquired from United States space agency NASA shows how Ennore Creek and Kosasthalaiyar river basin has been exploited to the extant that it is now on the verge of extinction.
The three-member expert committee constituted by National Green Tribunal (NGT) has submitted the report after conducting in-depth scientific investigation into environmental impacts caused due to fly ash pollution. It has been revealed that illegal fly ash deposits have consumed an area of over 300 hectares across river, canal and water bodies and caused irreversible damage to topography and hydrology.
The three member expert committee of Sultan Ahmad Ismail, director of Ecoscience Research Foundation, D Narasimhan, retired associate professor of Department of Botany, Madras Christian College and Balaji Narasimhan, associate professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division, IIT Madras had undertaken three independent investigations. They unanimously concluded that flyash pollution has injected poison (toxins) into every inch of environment in Ennore, be it air, water or soil, making it inhospitable for local communities, who had been dependent on the creek for ages.....Read more
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