100-year-old temple tank at Selaiyur is being desilted

Chennai: The 100-year-old temple tank at Selaiyur, recently got a new lease of life, as the waterbody is getting desilted after 12 years.

Work on this tank that is said to be one of the biggest in the city, is taken up by the Tambaram Municipality at a cost of Rs nine lakh, it is said.

Speaking to News Today, former Councillor Kodi R Damodaran, said that the tank was last desilted in 2007. “Silt of about three feet has been removed so that the waterbody will have an increased capacity to store water,” he added.

According to Kannan, a resident, “The tank does not dry up often. But this time, it is completely empty. The residents approached the Municipality to take up the rejuvenation work and it is happening now.”

Loganathan, a social activist said, it will not be enough if the temple tank is alone worked upon.

“The water channels should also be cleaned. Measures should be taken to ensure that sewage is not let inside. If we save clean water, it would be helpful in the future. All the lakes and ponds in the locality should also be interlinked so that the surplus water does not go waste,” he added.

NT Bureau