Collector appeals for support from NSS volunteers and NGOs

The district administration has decided to join hands with activists and voluntary organisations in speeding up the revival of Mavadi Kulam near Ponmalaipatti near Tiruchi. The 143-acre tank has been the focus of a public participatory clean-up campaign since July 14.

Officials from three departments — Agriculture, Public Works, and Revenue will join activists engaged in reviving Mavadi Kulam, said Collector Jayashree Muralidharan in a press release today. The collector has also appealed to N.S.S students, non-governmental and welfare organisations to participate in the initiative to rejuvenate the waterbody.

Tanks and lakes played an important role in recharging groundwater for centuries, she said. But in the recent past, they have been clogged with weeds and plastics. Water table levels will increase by reviving dried-up water bodies, thereby help solve the city’s drinking woes during summer, the collector has suggested.

A core committee with representatives drawn from various voluntary organisations will come under the banner ‘Thaneer’ to ensure the completion of the Mavadi Kulam project and address other water related problems in Tiruchi, said Vinothraj Seshan, convenor of the initiative. The team is scouting for sponsors to help with machinery to clear weeds at the tank. Volunteers can assemble at the tank at 7 a.m on Sunday.