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Carrying placards and banners, the members arrived at the venue from 10-30 a.m. in their cycles. They raised slogans demanding immediate action from the Government to protect Chennai's natural asset.
Demanding stopping of garbage dumping on the wetland, the rallyists wanted authorities to stop release of sewage into the marsh. They wanted the area to be declared as a `Protected Area'. Before the rains the officials should remove the waste on both sides of Kilkattalai-Thorapakkam link road. A new road laid illegally into the marsh by the Onyx had to be removed and the land allocated for dumping garbage had to be fenced off.
Addressing the rallyists, president of the Pasumai Thayagam, R. Anbumani, said the "cycle rally was a silent protest by the organisation to protect the Pallikaranai marsh.
If the request was not heeded, then drastic action would be taken against those dumping the garbage".
The rally was led by Dr. Anbumani and who rode a cycle and passed through Pallikaranai, Velachery, Taramani, Perungudi and Thorappakkam culminating at Karappakkam, covering a distance of about 20 km.
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