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Sitheri lake engulfed by the spirit of volunteering

A view of the Sitheri Lake. Photo: Special Arrangement  

Over 200 people, including volunteers from Sabari Green Foundation, Social Workers Federation and Sri Aravindar Annai Dhyana Mayam, Puzhuthivakkam, and NTT Data, a system integration company, cleaned the Puzhuthivakkam Sitheri lake on May 3.

The clean-up campaign was inaugurated by J. Manikandan and P.A. Jeyachandran, councillors, ward 168 and 169, respectively. Along with the conservancy staff of Chennai Corporation of Chennai, the volunteers removed several tonnes of garbage from the waterbody, which once helped recharge groundwater in residential localities. The garbage that was cleared from the waterbody included construction debris and plastic wastes.

Jeyachandran said, “Steps are being taken to deepen the waterbody, construct a walkers’ path, put up fences, and install lights at a cost of Rs. 3 crore. Mayor Saidai Sa. Duraisamy and C. Rajendran, former Member of Parliament, south Chennai, have allocated an amount of Rs.1 crore and Rs. 64 lakh respectively in this regard.”

V. Rama Rao, a veteran social activist, urged the State Government to constitute a Lake Development Authority and Inspector (Encroachment) for Regeneration and Conservation of Waterbodies. Sri Aravindar Annai Dhyana Mayam, Puzhuthivakkam, provided free breakfast to those who participated in the lake clean-up.

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