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Residents to form forum to save lake

Residents say a foul odour emanates from the lake, which is spread over 100 acres — Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Residents say a foul odour emanates from the lake, which is spread over 100 acres — Photo: G. Krishnaswamy  

Sembakkam water body is polluted due to dumping of garbage by municipal workers

Residents of Sembakkam, near Tambaram, have decided to form a forum in order to save the Sembakkam lake.

The lake, spread over 100-odd acres, was once the pride of the area but is now on the verge of extinction due to several factors; primarily, indiscriminate dumping of garbage by municipal workers in the lake bed.

Residents’ welfare associations have, thus far, written to various arms of the State government without any success.

In recent times, at least four residents’ welfare associations have passed resolutions urging the Sembakkam municipality to prevent the dumping of garbage in the lake, and have sought coordinated intervention by the Public Works Department, municipal administration, and district administration to save the lake.

According to Joseph Ramanichand, president of Thiru Vi. Ka. Street Residents’ Association, a foul odour that emanates from the lake constantly bothers residents.

While degradable garbage is left to rot, plastic and paper waste is burnt, resulting in a smoke haze that envelops the area for the most part of the day, he said.

President of Sembakkam Civic Welfare Association, M. Renganathan, said in the last 10 years, groundwater quality had deteriorated in the surrounding areas.

“Strengthening of the bund and deepening of the lake is the need of the hour. Before that, they should stop dumping garbage,” he said.

C. Lakshmipathy, former councillor, said the resident associations of the area have now planned to appeal to the Court, seeking justice.

“Nothing is done under the solid waste management system and we want the dumping yard to be moved elsewhere.”

Municipal administration officials clarified that once the waste-to-energy power plant at Venkatamangalam village near Vandalur began functioning, this issue would be resolved.

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