The Regressive Development of the Ennore Creek AreaThe Ennore Creek - which was once vast wetlands rich in flaura and fauna, as well as the lifeline of fishing communities in the vicinity - has now become choked by the dumping of toxic fly ash and other waste materials by the numerous industrial operations in the area. In addition to this, the nearby Kamarajar Port plans to convert more than 1,000 acres of wetlands into real estate. Social activists who're dedicated to saving the creek allege that all this is possible only because the local authorities consistently overlook the issue and don't take on the industrial offenders.
Reclaiming Poromboke to Reclaim Ennore CreekThe word poromboke itself is of great significance to the effort of rehabilitating this once-great natural resource. Poromboke is a colloquial Tamil insult, intended to demean a person or place but unknown to most people, it also refers to the shared common land and spaces that belong to entire communities. “It’s our marshlands, our wetlands, grazing spaces, our lakes. Unfortunately, the former meaning is what we identify with,” says Krishna on the campaign website. The song is an attempt to reclaim the original meaning of the word so that we can take pride in these shared places once again. As Krishna puts it, “It’s time art engaged with the environment.” If you’d like to lend your support to this movement, sign the petition here.
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