Mapping the coast to protect his community
'More than strength, you need love to do this work. You have to win people over and make them understand the problem,' believes Saravanan K., a fisherman turned coastal protection activist
It all started with plans for an elevated expressway that would have obliterated the fishing village of Urur Olcott Kuppam in Chennai. To save his village, Saravanan K., a fisherman turned coastal protection activist, began filing applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “I realized the government had classified the beach on which we do our work as ‘wasteland’," he says.