Vil­lages near Puli­cat to get mo­torable roads

For­est Dept. gives nod, with a rider that the avian ecosys­tem must not be dis­turbed

The Hindu - - SOUTH - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

45-day dead­line

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.

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