Seven months on, illegal road on Tamil Nadu's Muttukadu lagoon still remains

The lagoon on East Coast Road (ECR), 30 km from Chennai, connects Muttukadu sea mouth and plays a vital role in draining flood waters into sea when monsoon is at its peak.

Published: 18th March 2017 02:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th March 2017 07:59 AM   |  A+A-

The illegal mud road that was laid across the Muttukadu lagoon | Express Photo Service

Express News Service

CHENNAI: It has been seven months since an illegal road was laid over the eco-sensitive Muttukadu backwaters falling in Tiruporur taluk in Kancheepuram district apparently to provide direct access to posh bungalows that are constructed violating Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules.

Though, the district administration has acknowledged the illegality, no action has been initiated to evict the encroachment.

The lagoon on East Coast Road (ECR), 30 km from Chennai, connects Muttukadu sea mouth and plays a vital role in draining flood waters into sea when monsoon is at its peak. The 12 feet wide and 100 metre  long illegal road is virtually acting as an impediment to  free flow of water.

Following an Express report, Kancheepuram district administration had written to the office of Joint Commissioner of Police (Law & Order), South, seeking police protection to remove the illegal road. Besides, the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) and Tiruporur taluk tahsildar, who visited the spot, also had written letters for police protection. However, no further action had been initiated.

Scientists of Central Institute of Brackishwater Acquaculture (CIBA), who run an experimental station at Muttukadu and the custodian of the water body, have been running from pillar to post with memorandums and waiting for police help.

“We have met all the authorities concerned, from Fisheries Secretary to the jurisdictional Kanathur police station inspector. Former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death, Jallikattu protest and cyclone ‘Vardah’ had  delayed the eviction process. Now, we want to meet Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Fisheries Secretary, again ” an  official said.

Meanwhile, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) here, which took up the issue as well as illegal construction of luxury bungalows, had ordered the State government to probe the alleged coastal zone violations and submit a  report on February 21. The tribunal asked the authorities to remove the illegal road, but the State machinery had not complied.

The Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust, which was asked to submit a report, had not filed it yet.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp