PM not to open Eco Park in Chennai

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not inaugurate Tamil Nadu govt`s ambitious Adyar Eco Park as scheduled during his visit, as the Union Environment Ministry has not given its clearance for the project.

Chennai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will
not inaugurate Tamil Nadu government`s ambitious Adyar Eco
Park as scheduled during his visit here on Monday, as the
Union Environment Ministry has not given its clearance for the
project.

"Since the Union Environment Ministry has not given its
clearance to the proposal sent by the Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone
Management Authority, the Prime Minister will not inaugurate
it as scheduled on January 3," the state government said in
an official release here late last night.

The park will be opened later after obtaining the
approval, it said.

Singh is scheduled to visit Chennai to inaugurate the
prestigious 98th Indian Science Congress to be held on city
outskirts on January 3. Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin had
invited Singh in person at Delhi recently to inaugurate the
Eco Park.

The postponement of the event has raised many eyebrows as
Singh was scheduled to share dais with Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi at a time when six year-old ties between DMK and
Congress are uneasy over 2G spectrum allocation scam involving
former Union Telecom Minister A Raja.

Central intelligence agencies had also recently warned
that banned outfit LTTE was trying to target the Prime
Minister and Karunanidhi besides Home Minister P Chidambaram.

According to the Tamil Nadu government, the Adyar Poonga
(the Eco Park) is "an ambitious project to restore the
ecological balance in the Creek and the Estuary area extending
initially to about 58 acres."

Initially spearheaded by Chennai Corporation and
supported by Tamil Nadu Road Development Company Ltd, this
project was conceived primarily as an "effort to restore the
fragile eco-system of the precious endangered wetland habitat
of the Adyar Estuary and Creek and raise awareness of the
public to environmental issues," the state government said.

PTI

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