New look for lake

Staff Reporter

Beautification activities such as landscaping will be taken up

SALEM: The Panamarathupatti lake, a major water spread near the city, will soon get a new look with the Salem Corporation planning to carry out works such landscaping, planting of saplings and construction of rainwater harvesting structures.

Rainwater harvesting

These works will be undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs. 45 lakh. Of which, the State government has allotted Rs. 44,66,880 under a scheme to improve the rainwater harvesting structures and Rs. 33,120 from the Corporation's general fund.

Beatification activities such as creation of lawn, landscaping and planting saplings will be taken up near the old water treatment plant in the lake at Rs. 20 lakh. The civic body will spend Rs. 25 lakh for constructing rainwater harvesting structures including drains and carrying out maintenance works in the shutter located in the surplus channel of the lake, which has a water spread area of 2,139 acres.

Encroachers evicted

The Corporation council had given its nod for these works. The civic administration had already sent proposals to the State Government for improving the lake into an eco-park and to create more tourist amenities.

The Corporation, after a long struggle, retrieved the lake from the hands of encroachers by launching a massive eviction drive. The civic administration erected fences around the lake.

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