Early-morn­ing visit to En­nore creek Ka­mal’s next baby step into politics?

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Chen­nai: Ac­tor Ka­mal Haasan, who has been hint­ing at his po­lit­i­cal en­try, vis­ited En­nore in the early hours on Satur­day and in­ter­acted with the res­i­dents there. He en­quired about the im­pact of the en­croach­ments on the Kosastha­lai­yar river and the ef­flu­ents be­ing dis­charged by ther­mal power plants. The ac­tor’s visit took place a day af­ter he tweeted on the en­croach­ments along the es­tu­ary of Kosastha­lai­yar and the re­ported ef­forts of Ka­ma­ra­jar port to oc­cupy 1,000 acres. He also charged that ther­mal power plants in North Chen­nai and Val­lur had been dis­charg­ing ef­flu­ents into the Kosastha­lai­yar river for many years de­spite op­po­si­tion from en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists.

Ac­tor Ka­mal Haasan, who has, of late, been hint­ing at his po­lit­i­cal en­try through his state­ments and through his tough pos­ture against the State gov­ern­ment on var­i­ous is­sues, stepped out of his favourite so­cial me­dia plat­form Twit­ter on Satur­day and vis­ited En­nore in the early hours without any me­dia glare. He also in­ter­acted with the res­i­dents there, par­tic­u­larly women and youth, and en­quired with them about the im­pact of en­croach­ments on the Kosastha­lai­yar river and the ef­flu­ents be­ing dis­charged by the ther­mal power plants.

The ac­tor’s visit to En­nore took place a day af­ter he tweeted a two-page state­ment on the en­croach­ments along the es­tu­ary of Kosastha­lai­yar and the re­ported ef­forts of Ka­ma­ra­jar port to oc­cupy 1,000 acres in the dis­guise of ex­pan­sion. He also charged that the ther­mal power plants in North Chen­nai and Val­lur had been de­posit­ing their ef­flu­ents into the Kosastha­lai­yar river for many years de­spite op­po­si­tion from en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists.

Ka­mal Haasan said that he was cau­tion­ing the State gov­ern­ment about the im­pend­ing dan­ger in the form of floods dur­ing the north­east mon­soon which has just be­gun.

Just af­ter the ac­tor’s visit to En­nore, Tiru­val­lur Col­lec­tor E Sun­dar­avalli as­sured that of fi­cials would visit the Kosastha­lai­yar area and if there were any en­croach­ments, would take im­me­di­ate steps to re­move them.

Fish­eries Min­is­ter D Jayaku­mar said, “In a democ­racy, any­one can visit any place and make sug­ges­tions to the gov­ern­ment. Only when charges are made against the gov­ern­ment with ul­te­rior mo­tives, we, the min­is­ters, re­act to them.”

Union Min­is­ter Pon Rad­hakr­ish­nan said “I wel­come the visit of Ka­mal Haasan to En­nore and will di­rect the of­fi­cials to look into the com­plaint about ef­flu­ents be­ing dis­charged there. Ka­mal Haasan should un­der­take a State-wide tour to erad­i­cate dengue.”

The video re­leased by Ka­mal Haasan’s of­fice showed that he was ac­com­pa­nied by en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist Nityanand Ja­yara­man and a few oth­ers to the En­nore port area. The ac­tor was also seen in­ter­act­ing with the res­i­dents of Kat­tupakkam about their prob­lems. Ka­mal was also seen pe­rus­ing a map of the En­nore coastal area.

Af­ter his visit, Ka­mal Haasan tweeted : “I was moved by the grat­i­tude ex­pressed by the women and youth for vis­it­ing their place. What I did is not a help but a duty. We will meet soon.”

In an­other tweet, the ac­tor thanked VCK pres­i­dent Thol Thiru­mavala­van and Pon Rad­hakr­ish­nan for en­cour­ag­ing his visit to En­nore. In yet an­other tweet, Ka­mal Haasan thanked the Thiru­val­lur Dis­trict Col­lec­tor’s im­me­di­ate re­sponse and said the peo­ple of En­nore would be thank­ful to her.

A few days ago, Ka­mal Haasan said he would an­nounce a mech­a­nism for in­ter­act­ing with the peo­ple on Novem­ber 7, his birth­day. How­ever, the ac­tor scotched the ru­mours that he would be launch­ing his po­lit­i­cal party on that day, say­ing that he cannnot do so just be­cause of a me­dia push.

Ac­tor Ka­mal Haasan in En­nore on Satur­day

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