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Coastal zone management plan for Pulicat-to-Palar stretch

CHENNAI: The State Government has proposed a comprehensive eco-restoration project for five lakes in and around Chennai.

In respect of Chitlapakkam, Periya Eri-Tiruneermalai, Palkani-Pallavaram and Madipakkam lakes besides the Pallikaranai marsh, steps are being taken to prepare detailed project reports at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh, according to N. Selvaraj, Forests Minister, moving the demand in the Assembly for grants to the Environment and Forests Department.

A sum of Rs. three lakh had been spent and the balance amount would be spent this year. The reports would be sent to the Union Government for getting funds.

Pulicat

An integrated coastal zone management plan was under preparation for the Pulicat-to-Palar stretch. Being drawn up as a pilot project, the preparation of the plan involved various departments, agencies and all stakeholders. It was entrusted to the Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University. Of the total sanction of Rs. 10 lakh, 4.95 lakh was released during 2004-05. The balance would be released this year after the receipt of final report.

A grey water-harvesting unit had been proposed in the Tamil Nadu Housing Board Quarters Complex in K.K. Nagar. Grey water harvesting would help reduction of load in sewage treatment plants and result in cost of treatment besides conservation of fresh water resources.

It would provide an improved aesthetic appeal when used for gardening and parks.

As part of the project, a collection system and a grey water harvesting unit would be installed to collect 10,000 litres a day. Storage units and distribution system would also be established. The total cost of the project was estimated at Rs. five lakh.

As for the Chennai City River Conservation Project, 99.8 per cent of physical work was completed at a cost of about Rs. 358 crore. The project is aimed at intercepting over 314 sewage outfalls joining the city watercourses such as Cooum, Buckingham Canal and Adyar.

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