Kassimedu fishering harbour meant for berthing of fishing vessels is slowly
turning into a scrap yard in total violation of Coastal regulation zones rules
and regulations posing a serious pollution threat to marine life in the Chennai
coast, according to fishermen unions.
The coast battered by massive oil slick for most part of the year is now threatened
with practice of scrapping vessels in the fishing harbour meant for berthing
The South Indian Fishermen's Welfare association has filed a complaint with
the State Pollution Control board demanding immediate stop to the illegal
scrapping of vessels in harbours not meant for it.
In a month long operation undertaken recently illegally in the harbour a
fishing vessel Rising Sun weighing about a thousand tonnes was scrapped and the
demolished pieces were quietly taken out of harbour in unconventional means of
transport including auto rickshaws. Two other vessels are in the queue for
scrapping and it is time that the pollution board took note of this illegal
activity and put an end to it.
The association sources said large quantities of mercury spewed into the
sea along with asbestos debris from the scrapped vessel. Pollution control
board should take note of the situation especially when two more vessels are
likely to be scrapped from the fishing harbour shortly.
Chennai coast faced a serious threat to marine life early this year
following the oil spill. The spill has already caused serious damage to marine
life in the area. If Kasimedu fishing harbour situated next to Chennai port
becomes a regular scrap yard, marine life will soon become extinct in the area
said an office bearer of the fishermen's association.
The government has earmarked the Valinokkam port in Ramanthapuram coast in
South Tamil Nadu for scrapping vessels. But the boat owner does not want to go
all the way to that port since it involves additional expenditure for t