Tamil Nadu government has come up with a mission to restore 100 wetlands across the state in five years, Madras high court was informed.
Steps will also be taken to improve the livelihood of communities dependent on the wetlands, the state said. The submissions were made in response to a suomotu PIL proceedings initiated by the high court in view of a Supreme Court direction instructing all high courts to initiate such proceedings and take steps to conserve wetlands across the respective states.
When the plea came up for hearing before the first bench of Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice D Bharatha Chakravarthy, member-secretary of Tamil Nadu Wetland Authority Deepak Srivastava filed a report to the court submitting that the state has announced first of its kind ‘Tamil Nadu Wetland Mission’.
As part of the mission, 100 wetlands have been identified from 141 prioritized wetlands list pertaining to the state prepared by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Nature History, he said.
It was further added that ecological restoration of the identified 100 wetlands mandatorily requires to be notified under the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules. Therefore, the state requested the court for four weeks' time to prepare an appropriate draft proposal for the notification which would be forwarded to the union government.