Chennai: Wide attention is given to most lakes in the suburbs: however, Selaiyur lake, which is one of the biggest waterbodies in the area, is left unnoticed. This lake is one of the primary reason for the flooding of Chitlapakkam every monsoon.
A cut and cover project at a cost of Rs 90 crore is being implemented to ensure that the surplus water from the lake is carried to the Sembakkam lake without inundating the locality. But residents allege that not much is done to desilt or clean the waterbody. However, good times are ahead as a group of volunteers has finally turned its attention to restore the lake.
Members of Eco Society India, Sabari Green Foundation, Makkal Paadhai, Vidhapadhu Vidhi and Nammal Mudiyum are planning to conduct a clean-up campaign Sunday on the lake premises.
Speaking to News Today, Darwin Annadurai, one of the coordinators of the event, said the initiative has been taken to make sure that local residents are aware of the importance of the waterbody.
“We are expecting the clean-up drive to involve more public participation. During the drive, we will also be creating awareness among the residents about the importance of preserving and protecting the waterbody. Though officials clean the lake, it is up to the residents to ensure that the lake is maintained,” he said.
Darwin further said this clean-up drive is just the first step and they will continue to carry out the work every Sunday until the lake is completely restored and used for some recreational purpose.
“We are also planning to hold talks with the officials to ensure that the sewage let into the lake is either plugged or let in after being treated,” he said.
The clean-up drive will be carried out every week from 6.30 to 9.30 am and interested people can reach Darwin at 94441 12271.