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“Implement government order on de-silting, beautification of lakes”

The Federation of Civic and Welfare Associations of Pallavapuram (FCWAP) has appealed to the Pallavapuram municipality to take steps to de-silt and deepen the Keezhkattalai Lake and Pallavaram Periya Eri at the earliest. The plea comes in the wake of a severe water scarcity in the region that has severely affected residents of Pallavaram, Chromepet, Hasthinapuram and Keezhkattalai.

“The State government has passed a government order dated February 1, 2015, for de-silting and beautification, which includes laying a walkers’ pathway, of the two lakes, at a cost of Rs. 22 crore. It’s three months since the G.O. was passed, but no work has been undertaken. We have had a meeting with the Pallavaram MLA P. Dhansingh and have sent several representations to to the municipality, but all the efforts have been in vain,” says V. Santhanam, president of the Federation.

He pointed out that the Keezhkattalai Lake, Pallavaram Periya Eri, Hasthinapuram Lake, Thiruneermalai Lake and Veeraraghavan Lake together constituted a major water source for areas that come under the jurisdiction of the Pallavapuram municipality.

“Summer is the right time to de-silt and deepen the water-bodies. The de-silting and beautification process should be carried out before the onset of the northeast monsoon,” he said.

The Federation has also urged the Municipality to take action against those who discharge sewage into storm water drains.

Members appreciated the steps taken by the Government to fence the Sembakkam Lake to check encroachments, and also for the efforts taken to rejuvenate the Chitlapakkam Lake.

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