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Mangal Eri Park, a long way to go

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Yet to be completed:The Mangal Eri at Mogappair.Photo : S. Thanthoni
Yet to be completed:The Mangal Eri at Mogappair.Photo : S. Thanthoni

Delay in the removal of encroachments on the Mangal Eri lake bed in Anna Nagar has put on hold the revival project of the water body.

Residents of Mogappair say that the impediment was due to the delay in removal of encroachments on the lake bed.

As per the renovation plan a compound wall was built around the water body. A walkers' track of 4.5 metre wide and 520 m long was also constructed around the lake for the benefit of walkers / residents. Lighting facility was also provided. The release of sewage into the lake has been prevented as part of the first phase of the project.

Desilting, deepening and bund strengthening were part of the agenda. But, unfortunately it was not carried out for reasons better known to the officials, says R. Shyam, who was there at the park when theDowntownteam visited. Location for a children's play area has also been demarcated. But it is yet to be completed and landscaping works are still inadequate, feel park visitors.

“We were informed by elected representatives that rainwater harvesting structures would be renovated during the second phase. But there are no signs of progress. Also thorny bushes are found at the centre of the lake and other garbage that impede free flow of water have turned the water putrid, ,” says Mr. Sathyaprakash.

“Already the anti-skid tiles have given way in some places. The lighting system also fails often and the barbed fencing put around the lake to prevent anyone from falling into the water has been damaged at several points, “ points out Mr. Suryanarayana.

As the elections are over the municipality should come forward to complete the remaining works before monsoon. This would prove beneficial to thousands of walkers and children who frequent this park regularly, opine the residents.

Spread over 5.32 acres, the water body was once a water source for the entire neighbourhood and if renovated with a purpose, it would serve as a source of groundwater recharge to the neighbouring localities.

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