Threat to mangrove forests
The Hindu, 23 January 2008
Indiscriminate garbage dumping along the Uppanar blamed
CUDDALORE: The mangrove forests being raised along the Uppanar at
Thevanampattinam here are facing the threat of extinction owing to an
indiscriminate dumping of garbage and animal waste.
The mangroves act as a bioshield during cyclone and tsunami.
Pichavaram is a salient example of how a bioshield could withstand the
onslaught of the tidal waves. Hence, such unique vegetations are being
planted by the Forest Department by spending lakhs of rupees along the
These stretches now present only patches of green because no care has
been taken to protect the vegetations. During summer months, the
Uppanar dries up thereby denying sustenance to the mangroves.
Therefore, the authorities had made arrangements for cross irrigation
through small channels.
But, of late, the dumping of garbage is choking these channels and
affecting the growth of vegetation. While the private service
providers are finding it convenient to dispose of the night soil at
this point, municipal staff are unloading garbage with least worry.
Slaughterhouses too are stacking the vile guts along the water source,
thus, causing unbearable stench and ecological degradation. In a
representation to the Forest Department and the Tamil Nadu Pollution
Control Board, M. Nizamudeen, executive secretary of Cuddalore
District Consumer Protection Organisation, has sought measures to stop
to such violation and proper maintenance of the mangroves.
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