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Gerugambakkam pond gets a new lease of life

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There is plan to plant vettiveru grass on its bunds

A 0.75-acre pond in Gerugambakkam which had once turned into a dumping ground and a cesspool, has got a fresh lease of life. Volunteers of Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) and residents of Gerugambakkam have restored the waterbody. Over 100 school students also pitched in.

H. Rama Narayanan, conservation co-ordinator, EFI, says, “The restoration work was carried out with the permission of the Gerugambakkam Village Panchayat. In the first phase, garbage, including discarded plastics, were removed. In addition, a programme was organised to sensitise the residents to the significance of this pond. It was explained to them that during the December 2015 deluge, the area around the pond was flooded as the pond’s rainwater channels were blocked by garbage. We have also also requested the residents to stop discharging sewage into the pond.”

Mounds of earth excavated as part of the exercise to desilt and deepend the pond were used to create bunds around it, says the EFI volunteer.

Besides, re-charge pits were also dug up inside the pond for a depth of three to four feet to allow percolation of rainwater. The waterbody was fenced to prevent garbage from being dumped into it. “In the weeks to come, vettiver grass will be planted along the bunds,” says Rama Narayanan.

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