Winged Visitors Avoid Tainted Lake Tiruppur – The New Indian Express

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TIRUPPUR: Nanjarayan pond is one of the largest in the district, spread across the villages of S Periyandipalayam, Koolipalayam and Mannarai. Spreading over 440 acres, it has a catchment area of ​​280 acres. With a perfect ecosystem for birds, more than 25,000 migrating birds visited there every year. But, the number of birds has been reduced to 2,000 birds this year.

Speaking to TNIE, local resident K Nattrayan (70) said: “I used to see a lot of birds on the body of water in the early 1990s. Even in the 2010s, I had noticed a lot of migrating birds. We had strangers visiting the pond to photograph the birds. But, the numbers have decreased now.

Nature Society of Tiruppur (NST) President K Ravindran said: “In 2015-2016, there were over 20,000 migratory birds in the pond. Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Bar-headed Goose, Roe-deer Sandpiper and all varieties of Sandpipers. Among them, the Shovelers used to form large groups. While over 3,000 of these were seen, other birds were in the range of 1,500-2,000. During the season I used to photograph at least 30-40 species. However, this year I only saw about 1500 birds at the pond. Among them, 200 Shovelers.

According to A Eswaran, a member of Tamil Nadu State Science Forum, “Being the largest pond in Tiruppur, Nanjarayan has attracted a large number of birds for several decades. The pond is located at the end of the Nallar River and has undergone many changes. 20th century. It was filled with effluent from different dyeworks in the 2000s. Local authorities removed it after a massive campaign. Water was pumped out of the pond and water the gentle flow of the river has filled the pond again, it has brought back a few birds, but we have yet to see its faded glory.

Speaking to TNIE, a Tiruppur District Administration official said, “The pond is under the control of the PWD of Uthukuli in Perundurai Assembly Constituency in Erode. The villagers said the pond should be cleaned using reverse osmosis plants and the water should be used for irrigation. A proposal to make it a tourist attraction was accepted by former environment minister ‘Thoppu’ K Venkatachalam in 2015-2016. But some social activists claimed the tourism plan would fail. Although the lake was de-sanded for ‘4 crore, the project went no further. But the desilting resulted in the removal of mudflats, large thorny bushes and shallow water surfaces. These are vital for the survival of migrating birds. These conditions are favorable for birds for rooting, feeding, nesting, etc. . Whatever remains of the old ecosystem still attracts birds to the body of water. But the number of birds that come here is far from what it used to be.

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