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Pallikaranai marsh has a better look

PROMISING: The Pallikaranai marshland has begun sporting a green tinge. A view of the marshland on Sunday.

PROMISING: The Pallikaranai marshland has begun sporting a green tinge. A view of the marshland on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K.V.SRINIVASAN

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CHENNAI: Things are much better at the Pallikaranai marshland this ‘World Wetlands Day’, which is being observed on Monday.

Naturalists said the burning of garbage there had been completely stopped. The air ambiance quality has improved considerably in and around the marsh, they say.

Jayshree Vencatesan of Care Earth, a bio-diversity research organisation that has been monitoring the marsh for over a decade, said that earlier the typha grass could be found scorched perhaps due to the burning of garbage, but not anymore. The State Forest Department is planning to put up a checkpost, two watch towers and an office close to the marsh.

V. Prabhakaran, Conservator of Forests, Chennai Circle, said the Department would entrust the work of pollution source identification and bio-diversity monitoring at the marshland to the Centre for Climatic Change and Adaptation Research Centre of the Anna University.

The study will begin soon, Mr Prabhakaran said. Soil testing, identification of place for setting up the office, survey works and fixing of boundary would be taken up. In order to beautify the radial road, the Department would plant saplings along the entire stretch.

Residents can contact the Assistant Conservator of Forests (24313258), the District Forest Officer, Kancheepuram (27236500) or the Conservator of Forests, (24321139) to register the complaints against poaching or illegal dumping of hazardous waste.

Avocet, spotted sand piper, pheasant-tailed jacana, grey plover, dabchicks, purple moorhen could be sighted at the marshland.

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