Ecological Paradise of Chennai-Pallikaranai Marshland
Around 6 am there was a crew of people roaming in and around the lanes of the wetland and doing something over there. I was quite impressed about their activities and started conversing with them asking, what you people are doing here? Mathew Shelton an Engineering graduate says” wild life photography is my hobby and its perfect place to do so. The wetland encompasses hundreds of species from all over the world. I used to visit here for taking photograph of birds which travels around thousands and thousands of miles away from here”. See how unaware I am. There are a lot of people in the city who are similarly unaware of the marshland. After a brief study I’m presenting this article for you people. The Pallikaranai Marshland is the only wetland in the city of Chennai extends approximately 25 sq.km surrounding Pallikaranai, Sholinganallur, Tharamani, Siruseri Industrial park, Madipakkam and Velachery. The wetland has been housing nearly 132 species across the world, which arrives for season. The number is too high when compared with Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. The species includes rare endemic and endangered birds such as grey-headed lapwings, darters, herons, open billed grebe, Indian Moorhen, spoon bill, black winged stilts, coots, and dabchicks.
The place is jam-packed with thousands of birds, mammals, reptiles and other species. Therefore Pallikaranai marshland became an attractive hot spot of wild life photographers, ecological protection agencies and hundreds and hundreds of tourist. The wetland became reservoir for the people in and around the city who are interested in nature and ecological balance. Arrangements for sightseer and hobbyist are made by both state and central governments. Welfare organizations in and around the country are taking measurable steps to protect the ecological paradise. There was a proposal to turn the Pallikaranai marsh into a wetland center networking with international agencies to maintain the ecological balance. Karthik, a resident of Tharamani adds “I used to visit the marsh with my family in weekends, it has been a wonderful place to enjoy the nature and to foresight endemic species”. The only ecological paradise in the city, jewels the city with its beauty and splendidness! Visit and enjoy the nature. Impart the next generation regarding the importance of Marshlands and join hands to save Mother Nature.