Grandma's Tales

February 15, 2007

Want to save Elliot’s beach? 3

Filed under: Consumer caution,Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 11:19 pm

Here’s the latest salvo Satyanarayanan fired. This time it went to the Corporation Commissioner. Read it below.
Mr. Rajesh Lakhoni, IAS.,
The Commissioner,
Chennai Corporation,
113, Ripon Building, Periyar EVR Salai,


Dear Sir,

Sub: Regarding Beautification of Elliots Beach in Division-152.

I am constrained to bring the following to your kind attention and seek appropriate action in public interest to ensure the preservation of Nature and Ecology at the Elliots Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai.

On January 23, at the invitation of the Asst. Commissioner, Zone-X, Chennai Corporation, I attended a meeting at his office on the subject of Beautification of the Elliots Beach and presented our letter (copy enclosed) listing out our suggestions in the matter. We were emphatic in bringing home the point that the beauty of Elliots Beach or
for that matter any beach will be duly preserved if the sands and the sea there are left totally undisturbed without any structures of any kind and that any development activity could be outside the margins of the sand and the water. We voiced our concern at the meeting about the plans and drawings prepared by architects shown at the meeting as part of Elliots Beach Beautification. However we were assured that the people would be informed about the final plans and drawings before execution.
Being so, we were surprised to read the following, in the neighourhood newspaper Adyar Talk for 10-16, Feb.2007, on page 12 under the caption “Beach Face Lift a sensitive issue”, “the beautification drive includes construction of a walkers’ path, a meditation hall, a separate parking area for two-wheelers and cars, modernization of the skating rink and proper lighting facilities. Tenders have been called for and the beach would
be handed over to the finest architect firms.”
You will appreciate that the various items of works listed give the impression that they are development works that will invade into the sandy stretch of the Beach. They would militate against the Coastal Zone Regulations and will require clearances from authorities such as CMDA, PWD etc. They would also need wider consultations from not only the residents of the locality but also from independent Environmental and Ecologica
l consultants and advisors. At the worst the proposed development would eat into the already narrow sandy stretch.
We are sensitive to environmental and ecological upkeep and preservation of the Elliots Beach and we regard your appropriate interference on this question will help to dispel our fears. We will be grateful if you could spare the time and effort to discuss the matter with a team of our neighbourhood residents and subject experts.
We await your word on this and we thank you in the name of Ecology and Environment.
Copy To:The Assistant Commissioner,Zone-X, Chennai Corporation, Adyar, Chennai-600020.
Please get in touch with him to show your support.


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