Historical data shows that the air quality in Chennai hovers between poor and severe not just during festivals such as Bhogi and Diwali, but often on other days as well. Is the TNPCB up to the challenge?
Or in Ennore, for that matter. Heavy and polluted emissions from the petrochemical, thermal and fertiliser plants in these areas of north Chennai are taking a heavy toll on health of citizens. Respiratory and skin diseases are the most common.
Unchecked industrial pollution and unplanned construction are creating hazardous levels of dust pollution in the city, but authorities are yet to formulate guidelines for compliance with central rules on construction and demolition waste management.
Tamil Nadu’s draft Coastal Draft Management Plan does not specify a hazard line, causing confusion and concern among local communities about their future. They say the plan violates the Centre’s CRZ Notification 2011, and must be amended.
Irresponsible port authorities, unprepared disaster management systems and institutional failures have created an environmental crisis on the Chennai coast, the impact of which will be felt over months to come.