Tamil Nadu

Reviving lakes around Ariyalur

A view of the renovated Santhana Eri in Ariyalur district.Photo: B. Velankanni RajB_VELANKANNI RAJ

A view of the renovated Santhana Eri in Ariyalur district.Photo: B. Velankanni RajB_VELANKANNI RAJ  

Santhana Eri and Venkattan Savadi Eri have been spruced up

In an attempt to revive the seven lakes situated around Ariyalur, the district administration has embarked upon a major plan by sourcing the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund of the Tamil Nadu Cement Corporation Limited (TANCEM).

Of the seven ponds, Santhana Eri and Venkattan Savadi Eri at Venkatakrishnapuram have been spruced up to store rain water. Both of them have turned the cynosure of all eyes thanks to the planning and well execution of the desilting and deepening work. Passers-by invariably stop their vehicles for a few seconds to see the lake, which has been restored to its original size. Baby ponds have also been created at the centre of the lakes so as to enable people to walk down on a concrete path to fetch water during the summer period.

“Ariyalur is blessed with tanks linked with one another. The project will revive all tanks to their maximum capacity. It will not only add beauty to the town but also increase the water table to a great extent,” says Collector E. Saravanavelraj.

Peria Kuttai Eri, Chetti Eri, Ayyasamy Eri, Meenasaikaran Eri and Old Eri were among those selected for revival, rejuvenation and desiltation with the CSR contribution. A sum of Rs. 89 lakh had been earmarked for the project, which is being implemented through the District Rural Development Agency.

Mr. Saravanavelraj said that some of the tanks were partially encroached upon. Besides retrieving the encroached portions, all tanks would be desilted and deepened to the optimum level.

Bunds would be strengthened. and baby ponds would be created for fulfilling the water needs of the neighbouring people and cattle. He said that there was a plan to build a fence along Santhana Eri. It would be beautified by installing LED lights, resting benches and walking path.

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