To: Environment Minister, India
Please stop Enayam Port Project
Dear Minister, please don't approve the Port Project as this project will be a great disaster for the people of this region and will wipe out coastal villages.20,000 families who live in eight villages could be affected adversely by the project.
Why is this important?
The Enayam port will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 21,000 crore and emerge as a southern gateway of transshipment in the country.
According to the final techno-economic feasibility report prepared by a Spanish firm, Enayam has been finalized as the location due to low impact on the property due to its low population, ease of construction and expansion, road and rail connectivity, lower environmental and social impact, and low population .The project will be a great disaster for the people of this region and will wipe out coastal villages.
A 6 km breakwater to be constructed as part of the project will cause sea erosion damaging 50 villages spread over 68 km from Nerody to Kanyakumari.
The plan is to reclaim land from the sea to develop port infrastructure. However, a vast area of land will be required in future for other operations.
RS Lal Mohan, Chairman, Conservation of Nature Trust and former Principal Scientist, ICAR, is worried the breakwater will affect sea current, which is critical for fishing. Nearly 20 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s fishermen live in this district. Over 2 lakh people associated with fishing — traders to transporters — will lose their jobs, it is feared.
A Rapid Techno-Economic Feasibility Report by TYPSA-BCG shortlisted Enayam based on two major advantages — a 20 m draft near the shoreline which will reduce dredging and maintenance cost and the location being just 14 nautical miles from the Great East-West shipping route connecting Europe to East Asia. This lane caters to 80 per cent of India’s current container transshipment cargo and most of East Asia’s trade with Europe.
It said another possible location is in the east waters of Kanyakumari, which is a naturally-sheltered area without much population.