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‘Stop activities that may drive away migratory birds'

M. Soundariya Preetha

COIMBATORE: The eight water bodies in Coimbatore are said to be 800 years old, play host to several migratory birds and have an ecological impact on the city.

Fervent call

Even as people want the tanks to be attractions of the city, there is also a fervent call to avoid any activity that will drive away migratory birds.

In addition to desilting the water tanks, the Coimbatore Corporation's rejuvenation project includes strengthening of the bunds and constructing footpaths or walkers'/ joggers' track.

The rejuvenation project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission aims at beautifying the tanks and the natural drains that bring water to these.

Delays

According to an official source, with delays in getting the funds, the Corporation has now asked consultants to prepare documents to rejuvenate the tanks and find funds for the works.

The public private partnership model may not be viable.

The Corporation has hence, requested the State Government to help the local body with funds for these works.

C.R. Jayaprakash, executive committee member of the Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association, said the Corporation should not change the land use pattern.

The water bodies should be conserved and should not be converted into recreation centres. Several migrant birds from North India came to these tanks.

Ecosystem

The wetland ecosystem would change if these birds were driven away because of more people using boats in these tanks.

The ecology of the city could also be affected as a result of these activities taking place.

The Corporation should just clean the tanks by installing purification plants, he said.

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