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Puthu Thangal Eri a picture of squalor

The waterbody is contaminated due to discharge of sewage from septic tanks and dumping of garbage

Residents of West Tambaram have appealed to the Water Resources Department to rejuvenate the Puthu Thangal Eri, located off Mudichur Road, West Tambaram. The lake is a main source of groundwater for residents of Lakshmipuram Extension, Raj Mohan Nagar, Mullai Nagar and Ambal Nagar, West Tambaram. The Eri has shrunk drastically due to encroachments and dumping of trash, which could be seen more on Gandhi Nagar and Kannadapalayam sides. Besides, the quantity of water has come down drastically in the water-holding area.

T.M. Raj, president, Lakshmipuram Extension Welfare Association (LEWA), says, “The waterbody is contaminated due to discharge of sewage from home septic tanks and dumping of trash. If steps are taken to desilt and deepen the waterbody, and arrest discharge of sewage, groundwater level will get recharged considerably in Lakshmipuram, CTO Colony, Mullai Nagar, Raj Mohan Nagar, Ambal Nagar, Old State Bank Colony, and Kannadapalayam, West Tambaram. Now, the bores and wells in the apartments have almost dried up, forcing us to buy water cans and rely on Palar water supply.”

Residents demand that steps be taken to lay walkers’ pathway, plant native saplings, form and strengthen bunds, and construct a children’s play area and a park around the lake. “At present, the Eri has bunds abutting Raj Mohan Nagar and Lakshmipuram Extension. Steps must be taken to form bunds abutting Mullai Nagar and Kannadapalayam. Bird-watching and fishing activities must be encouraged,” adds Raj.

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