HC calls for report on steps taken to deepen reservoirs

Direction issued on PIL petition filed by lawyer

The Madras High Court on Wednesday called for a status report from the State government on steps taken by it to desilt all major reservoirs situated in and around Chennai. The direction was issued on a public interest litigation petition filed by a lawyer seeking a direction to increase the capacity of the reservoirs by at least 10 ft.

Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and N. Seshasayee ordered that the report should be filed by December 4. The interim order was passed on the PIL petition filed, and argued in person, by advocate B. Jagannath, who said there had been no proper management of water resources in the State the last 50 years.

Augmenting storage

He insisted on augmenting the storage capacity of Rettai Eri (both in Porur and Kolathur), Puzhal, Poondi, Ambattur, Madhavaram, Korattur, Chitlapakkam, Sholavaram, Velachery, Mogappair and Pallavaram Periya Eri, by at least 10 ft, so they could hold sufficient water required for the ever increasing population.

Filing an elaborate affidavit running to more than 50 pages, with details of the origin of each one of the reservoirs, their original storage capacity and how they had deteriorated over the years, the petitioner said water scarcity faced by the residents of Chennai now was the worst since independence. He claimed this was also self-inflicted.

Though there were around 3,600 small and big lakes in and around the city once upon a time, a majority of them had vanished due to encroachments. Therefore, now the solution was smart storage and optimum conservation of water, he said, and insisted on deepening the existing reservoirs.

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