It’s been 14 years since the tsunami triggered by an earthquake in Indonasia hit the Tamil Nadu coast killing more than 1,500 people including more than 100 in the city, but the state government is yet to implement a plan to set up the bio-shield in the form of planting mangroves along the coast.
The move to have bio-shield, in addition to sprucing up the early warning system, came mangroves were found to have helped in stemming the tsunami waves. The worst hit areas were Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts. But mangroves have been planted only on the Adyar Creek and Estuary in the city and in Pichavaram and Muthupet. A few mangrove saplings could be found in the Buckingham Canal, behind the University pf Madras.