Drive to beautify Mogappair lake

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ON A BEAUTIFICATION DRIVE: Earthmovers level the area around Mangal Eri for a footpath to be laid.
ON A BEAUTIFICATION DRIVE: Earthmovers level the area around Mangal Eri for a footpath to be laid.

K. Lakshmi

Issues pertaining to removal of encroachments sorted out

CHENNAI: Mangal Eri, a lake in Mogappair, will soon get a facelift with the Ambattur Municipality initiating measures to rehabilitate the water body.

Spread over seven acres, the lake is a landmark of the area and serves as a groundwater recharge source for the neighbouring localities. Though the work to rehabilitate the water body begun a few years ago, it did not progress as scheduled on account of problems related to removal of encroachments from the lake bed.

A municipality official said that the issues pertaining to removal of most of the encroachments had been sorted out. As a first step towards the beautification of the lake, the area around the lake was being levelled to construct a 1.5-km-long footpath.

Work on the compound wall, which was left incomplete on two sides, would be completed by April end. In addition to these works, estimated to cost Rs.33 lakh, the municipality also planned to sink a bore well at a cost of slightly over Rs.3 lakh.

Water from the well would be used for a park proposed as part of the beautification drive, he said. About Rs.11 lakh was allocated for fixing ornamental lights in the park. After completing the works, the desilting and bund strengthening of the lake would be carried out.

Mogappair residents are keen that the improvement works are completed as per the new schedule.

Recalling that the project had faced several obstacles in the past few years, they said the municipality must take steps to finish the project by December.

On the proposal for introducing boat rides, an official said a decision on it would be taken on completion of the lake rehabilitation project.




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