Call to halt unplanned development works in Nilgiris district

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Arboretum in Ooty to be converted into a lilium garden

For a greener world:Students observing World Wetlands Day at the Arboretum in Udhagamandalam on Saturday. -Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
For a greener world:Students observing World Wetlands Day at the Arboretum in Udhagamandalam on Saturday. -Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

The time has come to halt unplanned development in the Blue Mountains.

This point of view was stressed at a programme organized jointly by the Department of Horticulture and the Public Awareness Association of Udhagamandalam at the Arboretum here on Saturday in connection with the observance of World Wetlands Day.

Participants at the programme lamented that wetlands, which were synonymous with the Blue Mountains since yore, are now few and far between.

Stating that one cannot think of the Nilgiris sans its wetlands, they underscored their role in maintaining the ecological balance and stressed the need to preserve the ones that are remaining.

G.Mohan, Joint Director of Horticulture, said that the Arboretum was one of the few well-preserved wetlands within this hill station. Its swampy area would be desilted and converted into a lilium garden. It would become a healthier bird habitat.

V.Ramsundar, Assistant Director of Horticulture, said that the wetlands eco system is very fragile and can be easily affected.

M.Pragasam, Assistant Director of Horticulture, regretted that despite warnings, there was no end to activities which were detrimental to the ecology. He urged children to espouse the cause of the ecology.

G.Janardhanan, President, Public Awareness Association of Udhagamandalam, said that increasing water scarcity has triggered a demand for bore wells.

Jelina Shirley, student of the CSI Nursery and Primary School, said that improper use of the forests and grasslands had led to climate change.

N.Musphia, another student, said that natural resources should not be exploited and regretted that water had become a commercial product.

Geetha Mohan, teacher, welcomed the gathering.

In Kotagiri

In Kotagiri, a campaign to enhance awareness about conservation organized by Nilgiri Natural History Society (NNHS) marked the observance of World Wetlands Day on Saturday.

With over 40 students from Blue Mountain School, Hillfort School and CSI School participating, Sumin George of the Keystone Foundation (a non governmental organization), highlighted various aspects of the wetlands in the Nilgiris.

Adverting to a wetlands restoration project initiated by the foundation in Happy Valley about seven years ago, he said that it reflected what can be achieved with the help of the local people and students.

Planting of native tree saplings in the Happy Valley Wetlands by the students formed part of the campaign.

  • Participants say that wetlands are now few and far between in the Blue Mountains

  • Accent on need to preserve the wetlands that still remain in Nilgiris district




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