Pallikaranai marshand declared a reserve forest area

At last! A major portion of the Pallikaranai Marsh has been declared a reserve forest area and brought under the Tambaram range of the Forest department according to an article in The Hindu. A special Thasildar has been appointed to specify the boundaries and the extent of the marshland to be brought under the control of the Forest department. In all about 317 hectares, or 793 acres, have been classified as a reserve forest area. The department would take stringent action against trespassers, and those dumping or burning garbage in this area. This is indeed reason to celebrate! However, the Perungudi garbage ‘dumping yard’ of the Chennai Corporation, which falls under the Pallikaranai Marsh, a sensitive ecological wetland area, is not mentioned in the article. Can we expect to see some positive developments with regard to this blot on our landscape that is destroying part of our natural heritage?

2 Comments so far

  1. Navneeth (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    I knew I could expect a post from you on this matter! :-)

    Some good news in the paper this morning. I hope these guys can maintain it.

  2. Anonymus Coward (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 2:22 am

    What the Govt. took over the marslands? Whoopie
    They will build a nice office for the Forest officer and build roads right on the marsh itself. Way to go!
    The marsh will die out soon. Long live the marsh

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