In a joint illustration to the Chief Minister and Company Commissioner, the activists stated whereas the small print of ‘undertaking blue’ weren’t in public area, comparable city beautification and renewal tasks initiated up to now by successive regimes had been a trigger for fear.
“Within the identify of river restoration, infrastructure improvement and beautification, the working poor within the metropolis have been focused disproportionately, and pointless, costly and poorly deliberate development has sought to be constructed on the seashore. Chennai’s seashores are usually not simply objects of magnificence and recreation, they’re at the beginning livelihood and dwelling areas for the town’s fisherfolk,” the illustration identified.
Quickly after the DMK authorities got here into energy, the civic physique relaunched Singara Chennai 2.0 undertaking and proposed a slew of initiatives primarily focussing on beautification of the metropolis. Although the undertaking is sort of finalised and despatched to the federal government for its approval, the civic physique is but to formally launch the small print.
Underneath ‘undertaking blue’, Elliot’s seashore, Marina Seaside, Neelankarai seashore and Tiruvanmiyur seashore will bear beautification. In response to official sources within the civic physique, detailed undertaking experiences are prepared for Neelankarai and Tiruvanmiyur seashores. In the meantime the petition, which is signed by retired Excessive Court docket decide D Hariparanthaman, Carnatic musician TM Krishna and different activists and consultants, implored the civic physique to position the livelihood wants of fisherfolk and fish distributors other than the catastrophe safety of coastal communities as precedence.
“Throughout the previous couple of years, efforts had been made to evict fish distributors from the Marina Loop Highway. At a time when the economic system is within the dumps, it’s foolhardy to rob the livelihoods of self-employed girls fishworkers who contribute to the economic system with no help from the federal government. If the federal government needs to enhance working circumstances for the ladies, it needs to be carried out as per their options and never with the target of remodeling prime merchandising areas into unique leisure zones,” the illustration added.