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Plea to desilt and deepen Esa lake in Pudupakkam

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Residents of Jasraj Nagar and Sai Baba Nagar, Pudupakkam, have requested the Water Resources Department (WRD) officials to take steps to remove encroachments on Esa lake, form bunds and put an end to illegal dumping and burning of garbage. Located in Pudupakkam,Thiruporur Taluk, Kancheepuram district, the lake helps in replenishing the groundwater table. Pudupakkam, located off Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road, is surrounded by industrial units. Domestic waste as well as industrial waste are dumped in the lake. Every day, industrial waste is brought to the lake area through tractors. The garbage is set on fire from time to time. A. Devananth, treasurer, Jasraj Nagar and Sai Baba Nagar Residents Welfare Association, says, “The conservancy staff of Pudupakkam village panchayat also dump foam, thermocol, apparels and pharmaceutical material in the lake area.” The western side of the lake, facing Jasraj Nagar and Sai Baba Nagar, Pudupakkam village, does not have bunds. Absence of a bund makes it convenient for the conservancy staff to dump or burn garbage in the lake area. More than 150 families live in the two residential localities.

“Besides garbage, sewage from houses in Pudupakkam is discharged into the lake through stormwater drains and rainwater inlets. We are forced to keep our doors shut, fearing stench and mosquito menace,” says S. Prakash, a resident. It may be noted that in the 2015 floods and 2016 cyclone, locality was flooded. In 2016, steps were taken to desilt and deepen the lake and form bunds. However, the western side of the lake was not desilted due to encroachments and dumping of garbage. “Representations to the district Collector, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and Block Development Officer, Thiruporur Taluk, Kancheepuram District, have gone in vain,” says Devananth. Moreover, residents have demanded that encroachments on the rainwater inlet and outlet, located on the northeastern side, be removed. Excess rainwater from the lake flows into the Bay of Bengal through Kazhipattur and Buckingham Canal.

A WRD official says steps will be taken to restore the lake under Kudimaramathu scheme.

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