Category Archives: Ecological Restoration in Chennai
A group of young men and women gathered at Elliot’s Beach on Sunday morning to initiate a waste disposal drive. More than 50 volunteers of Stella Maris College and Reclaim Our Beaches (ROB) group placed an art installation to create awareness on the need for safe disposal methods of various wastes.
Only a few decades ago no one quite knew what to do with the sprawling scrubland that is the Nanmangalam Reserve Forest (NRF) , but not anymore. It is all set to emerge as a nature lover’s preserve. Thanks to the nearly Rs 3 crore government fund, the state forest department is in the process of finalising the modalities of preserving the forest . Topping the list is a plan to erect a compound wall around a sizable portion of the now porous forest, which lies on the Tambaram-Velachery Main Road in Chennai .
The intervention by the state government to restore the Pallikarnai marshland has started yielding results and the sighting of migratory birds has improved in the past few months. Rare birds such as Comb Duck have started visiting the marsh and the bird population in the marsh has improved, according to environmentalists and ornithologists.
City corporation officials are working overtime to improve the aesthetic beauty of the city under the ‘Ezhilmigu Chennai’ idea proposed by chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. Under this scheme, 70 arterial roads, bridges and flyovers would get a facelift. Besides sprucing up Neelankarai beach, a high-mast lamp will be installed there to ensure lighting and safety for beach-goers, corporation sources said.
Here’s a good thing going to waste. Although it’s been three years since young K.B. Joy set up an eco friendly waste treatment plant that the Kodungallur municipality (Kerala) has no complains about, no other local body seems interested in installing it. “They were perhaps sceptical because I told them it would be free of cost. All I want is the bio-manure produced by the plant which I sell to farmers and earn enough for its maintenance,” he says.
Despite severe urbanisation, Chennai continues to be abode for bird watching. Guindy National Park, Nanmangalam forest and Pallikaranai marsh are some of eco-rich spots. The Guindy Children’s Park houses a variety of birds in captivity. The densely populated and highly-urbanised Chennai is a veritable habitat for bird watching and is not just a concrete jungle. It is a bird-watcher’s paradise.
There is one big lesson to learn from the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, the ever-popular zoo in Vandalur, on the outskirts of Chennai: If there is a will there is a way.
Yes, the zoo has been able to maintain a plastic-free and litter-free zone in its environs. How is it able to achieve this? By stopping people at the very entrance and making them dispose of their plastic bags.
Word has also spread that the Vandalur zoo does not permit plastic within its premises and visitors seem only too willing to abide by that rule.
A major fire broke out in Khalsa Mahal, part of the Chepauk Palace, a heritage building, destroying the offices of the directorates of Social Welfare, and Industries and Commerce, in the early hours of Monday. One fireman was killed and three others, including a Divisional Fire Officer, were injured when the roof of the 18th century structure came crashing down during the five-hour firefighting operations.
The fire, in which important government documents and papers were charred, was due to an electrical short circuit, suspect sources in the Fire and Rescue Services.
A fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, Khalsa Mahal was one of the two structures that formed the core of the palace, which was taken over by the British in 1859. In the 1960s, the Tamil Nadu government constructed the Ezhilagam complex, fronting the Marina beach, and located several of its offices there, including some in the palace buildings.
More on the Ezhilagam Complex i.e Chepauk Palace
As most of you know Madras now called Chennai is very populated. It is difficult to find parking space at several important places. High rising buildings are springing up all the time. It is a true metro in all the senses but Chennai also has several spots of semi wilderness. If marsh lands are left free and water bodies rae kept clean and free from pollution nature will attract birds and plants will also improve. Read on to know more about the eco spots.
Nature has provided its best to us and it is time we think about preserving what has been bestowed to us. A small initiative can go a long way in restoring our pride, our pristine beaches. Let us join hands and make this initiative a great success.
M S Swaminathan Foundation’s unique Touch and Smell Garden for the visually impaired was set up on the basic principle that it is not by sight alone that we perceive objects.From a distance it looks like an ornamental garden put there to break the monotony of the surrounding buildings. Swinging terracotta pots disgorge leafy vines, and lotus lined mini tanks glimmer in the afternoon sun. The narrow, neatly tiled pathways are embedded with smooth pebbles to show the three directions a walker may take. Every few feet a strip of red coir mat marks off the path. There is a central pergola with benches attached to its pillars. A picture-perfect piece of land set in the ordered, efficient beauty of the M S Swaminathan Research Centre in Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has recommended that the state government set up polymer energy plants to produce crude oil from plastic waste at the Kodungaiyur and Perungudi dumping yards.
Everyday Greater Chennai produces 300 tonnes of plastic waste, which would yield 300,000 litres of crude oil, but it may not be immediately viable to set up plants to utilise the entire plastic waste.
The Bangalore Municipal Corporation has implemented a similar project. The PCB’s idea came from the experience of a private company called MK Aromatics which has been producing crude oil from plastic waste at its plant in Alathur on Old Mahabalipuram Road.