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Tamil Nadu gets its first biodiversity heritage site

Category : State
Published on: November 26 2022 Share on facebook

  • The Tamil Nadu government issued a notification declaring the Arittapatti village near Melur in Madurai district as a biodiversity heritage site under Section 37 of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002.
  • The site is situated in an area of 193.21 hectare and is the first Biodiversity Heritage Site (BHS) to be notified in the state.
  • The Arittapatti village is surrounded by a chain of seven barren granite hillocks that act as a watershed and support close to 72 lakes, 200 natural spring pools and three check dams. 
  • The Anaikondan lake built during the reign of the Pandiyas in the 16th century is one among them.
  • The village has a rich biological and historical significance with the presence of around 250 bird species.
  • The megalithic structures found in the area have Tamil Brahmi inscriptions, Jain beds and rock-cut temples which are 2,200 years old.
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