There is a popular saying, “If you mess with nature, it messes with you”. This suits best for residents and business complexes that have dotted Pallikaranai marshland, one of the most significant wetlands in India, with weather models predicting very intense rainfall over the next week.
A large part of South Chennai was historically a flood plain, and was built on the ecologically-sensitive Pallikaranai marshland. The areas between Perungudi to Kelambakkam, covering almost a distance of 15-20 km and abutting Old Mahabalipuram Road, are most affected when there is a heavy downpour.
Though, water-logging is not uncommon during monsoon in these areas, the phenomenon of urban flooding due to continuing encroachments of marshy wetlands, thanks to the nexus between government officials and real-estate sharks, is putting thousands of lives in harm’s way.
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Source web page:New Indian Express