Chennai counts with a desalination plant in Minjur, and Nemmeli was the second. Further plants are to be built. Coastal common areas used by native small scale fisherfolk for their livelihoods was occupied by the state owned Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board for the construction of the 100 MLD (100 million litres day) Nemmeli Desalination Plant. During construction, a cofferdam was built to transport equipment from the ships to the project site. This blocked the littoral drift of sand, causing the coast line to erode. Lot of people lost their lands and houses so far because of the existing plant. Areas north of the project site has eroded, and the sea has advanced over 500m. This has led to large scale loss of livelihood spaces - to park boats, haul nets and dry fish while also causing material damage to living spaces close to the beach. The desalination plant has also been violating environmental conditions issued to them by discharging highly saline brine water on the beach, which mixes in the near shore water. This has led to intense salinization of near shore water, killing plankton and other organisms responsible for the health of the fish resources. As a result, fish catch in a 5 kilometer radius from the coastline has reduced as reported by local fisherfolk. The sea here has become a dead zone. Local fisherfolk were promised jobs which were later denied. Today, there are plans to expand the project.