Prevent garbage dumping and sewage dumping into Ennore Creek, forest department campaigners say
After recording 7 nests with 25 pelican hatchlings and a white-bellied sea eagle nest near transmission towers in Kattupalli and in the backwaters of Ennore, members of the Save Ennore Creek campaign wrote to the Chief Wildlife Warden of Tamil Nadu, Shekhar Kumar Niraj, asking him to order an inspection to check the indiscriminate dumping of rubbish and the dumping of untreated sewage in the wetlands.
Alleging companies near the Ennore Estuary have polluted the wetlands, campaigners submitted photographs of nesting birds indicating the ecological significance.
“Members of Save Ennore Creek have discovered nests and hatchlings of birds that are protected, and nests were found during a field survey to identify critical nesting and roosting sites for birds. endangered wetland birds in the rapidly degrading Ennore-Pulicat wetlands off Kattupalli Island,” the members said in a representation submitted to the Forestry Department.
The pelican nests that were found south of Gate No. 2 of Kamarajar Harbor and the eagle’s nest on a tower in the ash smothered wetlands opposite the North Chennai Thermal Power Station highlight the importance backwaters of the Kosasthalai River as critical wetland habitat for endangered birds, said environmental activist Nityanand Jayaraman.
“A nest built by an eagle in 2018 was used by the eagle for three consecutive years, until it was removed by miscreants last year. The investigation team comprising naturalists M Yuvan and Rohith Srinivasan, and social activists K Saravanan along with Nityanand Jayaraman, have also documented large flocks of other migratory birds including garganeys, painted storks, open-billed storks, Pacific golden plovers, pelicans, birds black-headed ibis, Little Temminck’s Passage,” the members said in the statement.
There is an immediate need to protect habitats including mudflats, ponds, streams, backwaters and thorny scrub in the Ecologically Sensitive Zone (ESZ) of the Pulicat Sanctuary, the team pointed out in its Chief Wildlife letter. Warden. They also requested the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to implement the Solid Waste Rules 2016 and the Water (Pollution Prevention and Control) Act.
Far from being a well-regulated buffer to protect the sanctuary, the ESZ was freedom for all without oversight from the TNPCB or any local body, the activists added in a press release, urging the government to State to take measures to protect the Ennore – Pulicat stream located next to the famous bird sanctuary of Pulicat.