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NEW LEASE OF LIFE: The Mangal Eri in Mogappair that was awaiting revival for decades, is set to be opened in a week.
NEW LEASE OF LIFE: The Mangal Eri in Mogappair that was awaiting revival for decades, is set to be opened in a week.

K. Lakshmi

It has been refurbished at a cost of Rs. 60 lakh

CHENNAI: After two years of repeated attempts to revamp Mangal Eri in Mogappair, the Ambattur Municipality is all set to open the lake for public in about a week’s time.

The lake, which was awaiting attention for several decades now, has been refurbished at a cost of Rs. 60 lakh.

Residents of Mogappair said that the project to revive the waterbody did not progress as per schedule owing to delay in removal of encroachments on the lake bed.

With the first phase of the renovation work expected to be completed in a few days, the local body plans to inaugurate the lake soon. Spread over 5.32 acres, the waterbody serves as a source of groundwater recharge to the neighbouring localities.

A senior municipality official said that a compound wall has been built around the waterbody.

A walkers’ track 4.5 m wide and 520 m long has been constructed around the lake for the benefit of residents who otherwise use the roads for their walk. Lighting facility has also been 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 would be carried out shortly. Rainwater harvesting structures would be renovated during the second phase.

Location for a children’s play area has been demarcated and landscaping along the lake would be done. Funds amounting to Rs.25 lakh sanctioned by the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration would be utilised to complete the remaining works, the official said.

The Mogappair Eri will have a new look in about three months when the other improvement works are finished. Mogappair West residents will soon get more lung space in their area as the local body proposes to establish a park near the bus terminus.

A municipality official said the vacant space of about 20,000 sq ft has been earmarked for the new facility to be set up at a cost of Rs.25 lakh.

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