Grandma's Tales

February 27, 2007

The Elliot’s beach saga- 8 “Get together”

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 7:57 am

We did get together behind the gymnasium on 25 Feb, 2007 as planned. It was a miniscule, but committed crowd. Mr. S narrated the history of “beautification” attempts of Chennai’s coastline. Significantly, an attempt to lay roads on the beach was proposed in 1985 and was resisted by the fishermen who feared it would kill their livelihood. They clashed with the police and some 15 died in the firing.
A represetative of the turtle saving group was categorical. Any road on the beach meant the sea turtles that came ashore regularly would die and eventually the others of the species would stop coming to the beach to nest – an ecological setback. Now all those who want development can ask: should we worry about turtles when several sections of the society benefit from the walkways?
MLA S. Ve. Sekar came in. He admitted that it would be near-impossible to stop the proposal from being carried out, but said, the fishermen would never allow their territory to be encroached on. He promised to apportion funds for the cleaning of the beach. We dispersed pledging to form a committee to represent the beach-users’ interests.
Last morning, however, newspapers published reports of the exact plan to improve the looks of the beach. (Three beaches have been targeted.)
I thought it was all over. Can we fight the establishment? One flew over the cuckoo’s nest, remember? But here is what I got from Mr. S.
Dear concerned citizens,
As a follow-up of our get together at the Elliot’s Beach on the evening of February
25, Mr. Vijayakumar, SE, BRR (Superintending Engineer, Broad Road Repairs), Chennai Corporation, has agreed to meet us at Elliot’s Beach near the Gymnasium between 9-30 and 10-00 AM on Wednesday 28th February. He has promised to come with available sketches to interact with the residents.

I welcome all those who attended the Sunday get together to attend this Wednesday meeting. In addition to those I am reaching through this mail I will also telephone as many as I can. Please pass the message and try to attend the meeting. You need not worry too much about the news item in the Hindu today about the comprehensive plan to beautify Elliot’s Beach drawn up by the MEASI Academy of architecture. We can discuss and formulate our strategy after we have heard the SE. S.SATHYANARAYANAN.


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    Pingback by Games :: The Elliot’s beach saga- 8 “Get together” — February 27, 2007 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  2. May I know whether the 28-02-07 meeting has taken place as scheduled and if so, is there any fruitful decision has arrived at?

    Comment by suppamani — March 3, 2007 @ 10:19 am | Reply

  3. Right away, suppamani. Was waiting for the pictures.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — March 3, 2007 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

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