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THE FIVE GRIM

LAKES
CHITLAPAKKAM LAKE
SEMBAKKAM LAKE
SELAYUR LAKE
RAJAKILPAKKAM LAKE
PRESENTED BY
MADAMBAKKAM LAKE-
RESCOM
BOAZ PUBLIC SCHOOL,
GOWRIVAKKAM
CHENNAI-73
LAKES- NOT A WASTE LAND IT IS
OUR WATER LAND
PRESENTED BY BOAZ RESCOM
BOAZ PUBLIC SCHOOL, GOWRIVAKKAM
1. INTRODUCTION

2.

3. KNOW ABOUT LAKES

4. FACTS ABOUT THE FIVE GRIM LAKES

5. DEPLETED WATER BODIES

6.REMEDIAL STRATEGIES

7. PHOTO GALLERY

8. LOCATION OF THE LAKES FROM SCHOOL

9. CONCLUSION

10. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The five core attributes
for water security established by
the United Nations Committee on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Human right to water entitles everyone
to
Sufficient,
Safe,
Socially Acceptable,
Physically accessible, and
Economically affordable
Water for personal and domestic use
.
A lake is an area filled with water that is surrounded by a bund. a river or other
outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake.[1] Lakes are larger and deeper
than ponds,

In order to put in our small effort to save our planet and


save our water bodies, we have selected five lakes, as
our Jubilee cause.. On behalf of our Management, Staff,
and Students we aspire to spread awareness among
society with regard to saving and using water in a
sustainable manner.
These five grim lakes, as we call them now, suffer
from encroachments, dumping and burning of wastes,
and unchecked inflow of domestic and industrial
effluents. Water availability in the lakes is very low or
not availalble at all.

1.Chitlapakkam lake,
2.Sembakkam lake,
3.Selaiyur Lake
4.Rajakilpakkam lake
5.Madambakkam Lake
SO
.
Chennai is reeling from severe water scarcity. This is the result absence of
rain, changing climatic conditions and the unsustainable usage. We also face
haphazard urbanization and we are living in an ever expanding suburb. The
quality of water in the selected five grim lakes of the suburb of Chennai is really
very bad.

 The five selected lakes have the capability of recharging ground water
levels in the surrounding,

 They can serves as a good water harvesting system during monsoons.


 They can reduce the burden of water scarcity for the people living
around.
 They can be converted into good recreation centres, and a good spot for
jogging and other excercises, they can also harbour aquatic life and birds.

But the actual fact is that these lakes suffer due to enormous encroachment, and
the dumping of domestic and industrial effluents.

Selaiyur Lake, Rajakilpakkam Lake and Chitlapakkam Lake suffer from


encroachments. Political parties have their flags hoisted here, the Electricity
Board has provided them with good electric supply . Pattas are being issued to
people in order to capture state power.

Sembakkam Lake is highly polluted with sewage . The sembakkam


Municipality has converted the lake into a garbage dump and a
drainage.system.
STEPS TAKEN

 JUDICIAL STEP
Hardly have we heard on P.I.L. (Public Interest Litigation) on the state over
saving water bodies,

This would enhance the awareness of the people and a careful feeling among
the politicians about encroaching the properties which is supposed to be
maintained for the people.

 AWARENESS AMONG COMMON PEOPLE


Creating awareness on any issue will empower the people to safeguard
themselves. When we create awareness among people by creative ways
will make the people and will empower them to fight against uncaring
officials and the greedy politicians.
 PHYSICAL OR PRACTICAL STEPS
 DESILTING WATERBODIES,
 CLEANING THE LAKE BEDS AND LAKE BANKS,
 REPAIRING THE BUNDS AND MAKING IT STRONGER,
 NOT LETTING IN THE SEWAGE WATER INTO THE LAKES
 PREVENTING THE ENCROACMENT OF THE LAKE AREA,
 INVOLVING LOCAL PEOPLE TO PROTECTING THEIR
WATERBODIES.
 SPREADING AWARENESS AMONG STUDENTS ABOUT
SUSTAINALE DEVELOPMENT………
 CONDUCTING AWARENESS CAMPAIGN NEAR EVERY LAKE
AREA , AND TALKING WITH THE LOCAL PEOPLE IN
SAFEGUARDING THEIR LAKE…….
CONCLUSION
PICTURES OF CHITLAPAKKAM
LAKE BEFORE RESTORATION
CHITLAPAKKAM LAKE SOME YEARS AGO

THE LAKE WITH ITS NATURES BEAUTY AND DECAYING


CAUSED BY HUMAN CARELESSNESS…….
Over the last three years, Chitlapakkam Rising has been in the vanguard of
efforts to draw attention to the condition of the Chitlapakkam lake,
frequently conducting campaigns to press for the restoration of the
waterbody.
It has also been conducting Sunday clean-ups at Chitlapakkam, mobilising
residents of the locality.
In what can be seen as a boost to these efforts by the residents-driven
voluntary group, it has received the go-ahead from the Water Resources
Department (WRD) of the Public Works Department (PWD) to drive
initiatives to restore the waterbody.
In an order dated May 29, 2019, the executive engineer, WRD, Lower
Palar Basin Division, Kancheepuram, has granted permission for desilting
the Chitlapakkam and strengthening its bunds.
“We will form a Chitlapakkam Lake Protection Committee with the
participation of environmental NGOs and residents welfare associations to
devise short and long-term plans to desilt the lake using scientific and eco-
friendly methods, increase its storage capacity and strengthen the bunds. A
long task is ahead of us but we are confident of doing it together,” says
Sunil Jayaram, one of the founders of Chitlapakkam Rising.
The WRD has fixed September 15 as deadline.
Sunil says Chitlapakkam Rising is in talks with environmental NGOs,
local body authorities, elected representatives and corporates about the
project plan, manpower and machinery requirement, funding and a time
frame to desilt the lake.
Chitlapakkam is facing one of the worst cases of water scarcity in decades.
“Borewells that are 300 and 400 feet deep have gone completely dry and
private suppliers are unable to meet the enormous demand. Water, which
is a basic amenity, has become an expensive commodity only because
waterbodies have been neglected for decades. Chitlapakkam Lake has not
been desilted in 30 years. Landfills, encroachments and discharge of
sewage have contaminated the lake,” says Sunil.
Lakshmi Krishnakumar, a member and volunteer of Chitlapakkam Rising,
says this should have been WRD’s project but the residents couldn’t wait
any longer as the water level in the lake as well as the groundwater in the
locality has dipped drastically.
“We were told that the WRD would begin the restoration work only by
2021, but that would be a long wait. Though it may take a few years for
the lake to be filled with clean water, this is the right time to start. We are
confident of completing the project within the deadline,” she says.
Udayavani Dayanand, another member-volunteer, says the main source of
contamination in the lake is the discharge of untreated sewage by the
Tambaram Municipality.
“The Tambaram Municipality has agreed to stop dumping waste in the
lake. The team will continue to monitor the sewage inflow because if this
doesn’t stop then our efforts will prove futile.”