|Tamil Nadu: The north-east monsoon, 50 per cent in excess in the State, claims over 200 lives and destroys crops and infrastructure.|
A SERIES of weather systems, including a cyclone that missed Chennai narrowly, saw the skies open up over Tamil Nadu between November 4 and December 5, the period when the north-east monsoon is most active. Most of the 561 mm of rainfall that the State received between October 1 and December 6, which is 50 per cent over the normal of 375 mm for the season, is said to have come during this period. It claimed the lives of 203 persons, including scores of children. In these days of specialised disaster management, this is seen as an unacceptably high toll.
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VEDARANYAM: Union environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh formally launched a project to create a genetic garden of halophytes, the first of its kind in the country, near Siruthalaikadu in Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district on Sunday.
India's largest private port has fallen foul of the Environment Ministry for a gross violation of coastal norms.
On Thursday, the Ministry issued a show cause notice to the Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone, owned by the Adani group and located on the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. The port project is being accused of conducting large-scale reclamation of creeks using dredged material and destroying mangroves in blatant violation of the terms of its environmental clearance, as well as constructing several structures — a township, airport and hospital — without obtaining a coastal clearance.
The port has been given 15 days to reply and show why its clearances should not be cancelled, and all reclamations and structures dismantled. The Ministry may also impose a compensatory penalty of 1,000 hectares of mangrove afforestation, paid for by the port, if it is not satisfied with the reply to its show cause. The Ministry has already told the State coastal authority to take steps to determine the structures that violate coastal norms and remove them.
The action comes on the basis of a complaint by an NGO — Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan — following which A. Senthil Vel, an additional director in the Ministry, was sent to visit the site. Mr. Vel's report shows large-scale reclamation using dredged material was being carried out in an area of mangroves behind the port site.
CHENNAI: At a time when international efforts to combat climate change have failed to take off because of lack of political will, Chennai Corporation is gearing up to take action to protect the city from impact of climate change. The City Corporation, in association with the University of Madras and the Kyoto University in Japan, has drafted a climate action plan for Chennai, which is a roadmap for various departments within the Corporation to make the city resilient to climate related disasters. The action plan is expected to be tabled at the Corporation Council meet and passed before February next year.