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MES Road residents meet Collector

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Besides restoration of Nalla Eri in East Tambaram, they have sought creation of a park in the lake area

Members of MES Road Ganapathypuram Welfare Association, East Tambaram, recently submitted a petition to the Kancheepuram district Collector K. Ponnaiah, requesting him to take steps to restore Nalla Eri in East Tambaram.

Arun Kumar Bhattacharjee, secretary of the Association, says, “The sprawling waterbody must be desilted and deepened. Besides creating a walkers’ path and a park, the boundaries of the lake must be marked and bunds strengthened. If steps are taken to rejuvenate the Eri, which is 30 to 40ft deep, it will help in recharging the groundwater.”

P. Vijay, a resident of Irumbuliyur, says, “At present, we rely on groundwater for all purposes except cooking and drinking. The lake acts as a source of groundwater. In the coming months, there is a possibility of the waterbody getting dried up and now, the level of water has come down.”

Construction of a park

As there is no park in the vicinity, residents have to go to Gandhi Park, East Tambaram; Muthurangam Park, West Tambaram; or Arul Nagar Park, Irumbuliyur. All these parks are too far from the neighbourhood.

“The area around the waterbody can be used for creating a park and a walking track. At present, residents go for their morning and evening walks on arterial roads including Suddhananda Bharathi Road, MES Road and Velachery Main Road. If a walkers’ path is created around the lake, residents would stop taking the risk of walking on busy main roads. The Collector has assured the residents to do the needful.

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