Pallikaranai Swamp Restoration: TN Obtains Union Government Permission

Chennai, April 15 (IANS): The Union Ministry of Environment has endorsed the proposal of the Government of Tamil Nadu to secure an amount of Rs 200 crore from the United Nations-established Green Climate Fund (GCF) for the restoration of the Pallikaranai Swamps .

It should be noted that the GCF is a new global fund created by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This fund, according to the United Nations, is intended to support the initiatives of developing countries to combat climate change.

The proposal must first be approved by an accredited agency and forwarded to the Union Ministry of Environment who, after studying the proposal, issues a certificate of no objection. Once the certificate of no objection has been obtained, the proposal can be submitted to the Global Climate Fund.

Supriya Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, Government of Tamil Nadu, told IANS, “The proposal of the Government of Tamil Nadu to restore the Pallikaranai Swamp has was first approved by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and after approval by the Union Ministry of Environment, it is now forwarded to the Global Climate Fund.”

The Environment Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu said in a statement on Friday that the scientific eco-restoration of the Palliakaranai Swamps is important for the overall welfare of the city of Chennai – be it the groundwater recharge or flood mitigation.

The proposal will include the removal of invasive species and the introduction of native species. Sewage inflows into Pallikaranai Marsh will be reduced and steps will be taken to declare the marsh as a bird sanctuary and Ramsar site.

The DMK government has taken steps to restore wetlands in the state and has formed the Tamil Nadu Wetlands Mission for this purpose. The government, according to the state Department of Environment, is in the process of cleaning up all waste dumps that cause sewage intrusion into wetlands.

Sources from the Tamil Nadu Department of Environment told IANS that 143 waste dumps will be cleared in the state on war footing.

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