The Perumbakkam marshland is facing another threat. The sand desilted from inside the Elcot premises on the Sholinganallur-Perumbakkamroad has been dumped along the edge of the Perumbakkam marshland, a stretch more than 500m in length. The Nature Trust founder, K V R K Thirunaranan, who is taking efforts to protect the 75-hectare marshland, said the sand on the edges will get washed into the marshland after the rains. This will result in siltation. The sand is being dumped for the last three months.
Already the contiguity of the marsh has been affected due to laying of an illegal road by a private builder. Now this sand dumping is a new problem, which is further going to affect the Perumbakkam marshland, he said.
Dumping of sand in some parts has got strengthened. Already vehicles passing through this road have started using the strengthened portions on the edges as a temporary parking lot. Adding to that is the open defecation by the vehicle drivers, which is polluting the marshland, he added.
Naturalists joined hands to protect this marshland, which was earmarked for buildings of Tamil Nadu government's proposed financial city. However, when the proposal did not take off as expected, the area was added with Pallikaranai marshland, as it is a contiguous water body to Pallikaranai............Read more
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