Coimbatore

Laying of road inside Kanirowther Lake opposed

Neerodai, an organisation that works for the restoration and protection of water bodies, has urged the City Municipal Corporation not to protect the unauthorised building in the Kanirowther Lake by laying 14-foot width road inside the lake.

The lake is spread over 40 acre and due to encroachments it was reduced to 14.40 acre. Since sewerage from residential areas enter the lake and pollute it, the civic body is constructing a constructing a drainage along the lake and also carry out various works to the tune of ₹ 5 crore. A four-storeyed commercial building is being constructed by encroaching the water body and the court has termed it as “unauthorised structure” and asked the civic body to demolish it. However, no steps were taken so far to remove the building.

Members of the Neerodai said that Kanirowther Lake Retrieval Movement had organised many protest that led to the restoration of the lake that was later desilted. Also, despite the movement had obtained orders from the District Revenue Officer and High Court for demolishing the unauthorised building, the district administration and the civic body are yet to initiate any action. “Instead of restoring the lake, the civic body is laying road in the lake to protect the building”, they added. They said that the individual, who owns the building, had turned the lake as open drainage and the corporation, instead of demolishing the building, is protecting the building. “The district administration is a mute spectator”, they added.

Members said that water from the lake was once used for irrigating 100-acre and also served as a vital source for groundwater recharge. Opposing the laying of road and demanding demolition of the unauthorised structure and opposing approvals for house sites in the water catchment areas of the lake, members, along with the public would picket the corporation office on August 19, they added.

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