Save our vil­lages from bat­ter­ing waves: fish­er­men

Res­i­dents of fish­ing ham­lets in north Chen­nai ap­peal to govt.

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Deepa H. Ra­makr­ish­nan

With huge waves bat­ter­ing the coast for the past few days, res­i­dents of sev­eral fish­ing ham­lets in­clud­ing Tiru­vot­tiyur Kup­pam, Ap­parsami Koil and Kan­nikoil off the En­nore Ex­press­way have urged the gov­ern­ment to take im­me­di­ate mea­sures to save their vil­lages.

With the north­east mon­soon in full swing, huge waves have been bat­ter­ing their vil­lage for the past few days.

“The sea wall and groynes do not seem to be of any use to us this year. We are get­ting swamped by the sea­wa­ter lash­ing over the wall, es­pe­cially dur­ing high tide and at night. The force of the wa­ter is re­ally scary and can wash off peo­ple if caught un­awares,” said R. Mani, priest, Tiru­vot­tiyur Kup­pam.

The wa­ter has been flood­ing the streets of Pat­ti­nathar Koil and Tiru­vot­tiyur Kup­pam and en­ter­ing homes. Dur­ing high tide, build­ings up to about 300 mts are be­ing bat­tered by the waves and res­i­dents have nowhere else to go.

“In this rain cou­pled with heavy winds, the sea­wa­ter is adding to our woes. It has been a ter­ri­fy­ing few days for us,” said Mu­ru­gan, a fish­er­man.

‘Strengthen sea­wall’

“In some places groynes have been con­structed, and in other places, the ex­ist­ing ones need to be re­designed like an arch and do not al­low waves in­side. The sea wall too has to be strength­ened.

A fish­ing har­bour can be con­structed in these ar­eas so that the boats of the fish­er­men are safe­guarded,” ex­plained M. D. Day­alan of In­dian Fish­er­men As­so­ci­a­tion.

Nan­jil Ravi said af­ter the port came up in En­nore, ero­sion of the coast­line has in­creased in the vil­lages that lie be­tween that port and the Chen­nai Port.

“We are ask­ing both Cen­tral and State gov­ern­ments to take im­me­di­ate mea­sures to save these vil­lages. Al­ready, about 2-3 km of the shore­line has been washed away af­ter the Chen­nai port came up,” he pointed out.

B. JOTHI RA­MA­LINGAM ■

Mon­soon may­hem: A boy watch­ing huge waves crash­ing against the rocks on the shore at Pat­ti­nathar Koil Street, Tiru­vot­tiyur on Tues­day.

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