Villages near Pulicat to get motorable roads
Forest Dept. gives nod, with a rider that the avian ecosystem must not be disturbed
The Andhra Pradesh Environment and Forest Department has given its nod for upgrading two roads along the Pulicat lake connecting interior villages close to the bird sanctuary, with urban centres along the coast.
Repairs and relaying of the two crucial roads — between Atakanatippa and Pallipetakuppam via Venadu and Atakanatippa to Perinadu —has been a long standing demand of around 6,000 villagers living close to the Pulicat and Nelapattu sanctuaries, who face a daily ordeal to reach towns such as Nellore, Sullurpeta, Tada, and Naidupeta.
₹5.2 crore sanctioned
Collector R. Mutyala Raju, who took note of the damaged roads during his visit to the remote villages, sanctioned ₹5.20 crore for two stretches of 13.6 km and 8.6 km to Tada and Sulurpeta town respectively, connecting several habitations up to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
However, despite the green clearance, the projects will still have to wait until the tens of thousands of migratory birds, currently nesting in the Pulicat lake during the northern winter, return to their homelands.
Announcing that the projects have been approved, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Guntur, D. Nalini Kumar has asked the Nellore administration to construct crossdrain walls in consultation with the Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife management) at Sulurpeta to ensure free flow of water into the Pulicat lake.
Two pagodas will be built on each road before taking up the repairs, without disturbing the tranquillity of the picturesque lake, an official notification said here.
The work is scheduled to begin in March and is slated for completion in 45 days as stipulated by the wildlife management officials. Two per cent of the project cost will be contributed to the Bioconservation Society of Andhra Pradesh for works at the avian paradise.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests has stipulated that there should be no blasting, tree felling or dumping of construction material near the lake, the second largest brackish water ecosystem in the country known best for its visiting flocks of flamingoes.
Works near Pulicat lake will be undertaken only after the migration season of birds ends, say officials.