The TN policy on invasive plants and ecological restoration will be finalized by this month, the government said. tells HC

Full Bench orders the government to also propose a deadline to wipe out pest species such as Seemai Karuvelam

Full Bench orders the government to also propose a deadline to wipe out pest species such as Seemai Karuvelam

The Madras High Court on Wednesday granted the state government four more weeks to finalize the Tamil Nadu Policy on Invasive Plants and Ecological Restoration (TN PIPER) and ordered it to come up with a time frame within which pest species such as ‘seemai karuvelam’ (Prosopis juliflora) would be wiped out.

A full bench of Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, N. Sathish Kumar and N. Mala issued the directive while passing interim orders on a batch of cases, including one filed by MDMK General Secretary Vaiko in 2015, with a plea to eradicate ‘seemai karuvelam’ as it depletes the water table.

The judges adjourned the case until July 7 for a rehearing after Additional General Counsel J. Ravindran told the court that TN PIPER would be finalized by this month. He said the policy was prepared after sending officials to various states and analyzing the best practices adopted there to eradicate invasive species.

He also informed the court that despite finalizing the policy, the government was already removing seemai karuvelam trees from various parts of the state.

The Department of Water Resources removed trees from water bodies spread over 70,476.85 hectares in 30 districts between April 1, 2017 and April 30, 2022, it said.

Stating that the Department of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development had also removed invasive species from 45,133.07 hectares out of 88,433.971 hectares of water bodies under its jurisdiction, the AAG said work was also underway to eliminate species from the rest of the area. .

In addition, the removal of invasive and alien species from forest areas was also being undertaken simultaneously, he said and asked for a month’s time to report on progress.

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