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Civic body kickstarts clearing water hyacinths in water bodies

Salem Corporation Commissioner R. Sadheesh reviewing works to remove water hyacinths at Bodinaikenpatti lake near Salem railway junction on Thursday.

Salem Corporation Commissioner R. Sadheesh reviewing works to remove water hyacinths at Bodinaikenpatti lake near Salem railway junction on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: HANDOUT_E_MAIL.

The work is being carried out at a cost of ₹ 3 lakh using CSR funds

Salem Corporation has kickstarted clearing water hyachinths from lakes in its limits using Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan scheme.

In recent rain, most of the water bodies in Salem filled to the brim. On Thursday, Salem Corporation Commissioner R. Sadheesh launched the clearing of water hyacinths in Bodinaikenpatti lake near Salem junction. Under the Abhiyan, the Corporation earlier conducted desiltation works in Bodinaikenpatti lake.

Mr. Sadheesh said that the water hyacinths is being removed at a cost of ₹3 lakhs. “The Bodinaikenpatti lake is spread over an area of about 20.26 acres and a trained team of 12 to 15 members would be involved in removing water hyacinths. The team had earlier worked in Mettur on a similar mission. The work would be completed in 15 to 20 days. The works would help in improving water level in the lake and it could improve ground water levels for about 5 km. in the area”, he said.

Mr. Sadheesh said that similar works would be conducted at Kumaragiri lake and water hyacinths would be removed from the lake as well which is spread over an area of 39.26 acres. He said that Detailed Project Report has been readied for renovation of Kumaragiri and Palapatti lakes under the Smart Cities Mission. Mr. Sadheesh said that the Corporation had conducted desiltation works in about six water bodies in its limits and water level had improved at these water bodies in recent rain.

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