Proposed Kalaignar Pen Monument

The Tamil Nadu Government is planning to build a memorial for the late DMK leader and former CM of TN M Karunanidhi. People of TN call him Kailaignar for his love towards knowledge and his Tamil literature skills. The planned monument is opposed by environmental activists. According to them, the monument will affect flora and fauna in the region, coral reefs, Olive Ridley turtles and seagrass. However, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board performed the Environmental Impact Assessment. The clearance has been issued based on the assessment.

What is the issue?

The monument is to be built on Mariana beach. It falls under Coastal Regulation Zone. Therefore, it requires environmental clearance under SECTION 4 of Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011.

About the monument

The price of the monument is 81 crores. It will be built at a distance of 360 metres from the coast. The monument will represent Tamil culture.

M Karunanidhi

He is the father of the current CM of Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin. Karunanidhi was one of the most influential Dravidian leaders. He was the President of the DMK party between 1969 and 2018. Also, he served as the CM of Tamil Nadu for five terms between 1969 and 2011.



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