The once lush greenery that spanned as far as the eye could see from the Chennai-Bangalore Highway has almost vanished and has been replaced with a kutcha road, which leads to the construction site of the Thirumazhisai Satellite Township in Tiruvallur district.
The residents of the surrounding villages fought the idea of the township tooth and nail, but have come to realise that the construction is a fait accompli . They, however, remain anxious about the overall ecological impact it could have by blocking the water course to the Chembarambakkam Lake.
The villagers of Parvatharajapuram, Narasingapuram and Kuthambakkam, even while rueing the loss of ‘fertile’ agricultural land to a concrete jungle, are terribly concerned about the disaster the township would face and also cause to the north of the city.
At present, with the approach road branching off from the Chennai Bangalore Highway having been laid, construction activity is in full swing.(BBC,2016)