11 Feb 2017, New Indian Express: ECOLOGIC- Pavitra Sriprakash, the Chief Designer and Director of Shilpa Architects writes about natural waterway and the damage because of the recent oil-spill.
Oil is absorbed by fish and crab which people eat. Besides, the oil sludge settles on the seabed with long lasting environmental effect. Exposures to select hydrocarbons can cause longterm chronic and neurotoxic effect on humans. The repercussions of the spill are going to be felt for a long time. Right now several Olive Ridley turtles which breed at this time of year are washing up dead or oil-soaked and struggling to breathe. The feeding grounds of the migratory flamingos at Pulicat Lake will also be affected. Chennai has been battered in the last two years by floods, cyclone, drought and now oil spill, but every time we bear it stoically! Let us now mobilise public awareness to build better safety measures and faster emergency responses. I urge you to join me to salute Chennai’s spirit, it’s never say die attitude and may we continue to remain, on guard!