Truck pathway will be sealed to stop dumping of waste in Porur lake: Minister | Chennai News


CHENNAI: A pathway created by trucks to bring in hazardous biomedical waste and solid waste into the Porur lake in Chennai will be sealed as an initial attempt to revive one of the shrinking water bodies of the city, health minister Ma Subamanian said on Saturday.
Police would intensify monitoring around the lake and initiate legal action against private hospitals and local bodies that illegally dump waste in the lake area, he said.
The minister, who inspected the lake with senior government officials, walked over mounds of garbage surrounding the lake, which is one of the secondary sources of drinking water for Chennai.
“The 252- acre lake now has water in just about 60 acres. The remaining areas are covered with waste or karuvelam plants (prosopis juliflora). We found that trucks from neighbouring areas such as Thelliaragaram, Koluthuvanchery and Iyyappanthangal dump solid waste in the lake area. Some trucks ferry medical waste from private hospitals,” he said, recalling media reports and observations by courts.
“If we manage to clear out the garbage and revive the lake, we will be able to store an additional 1-2 TMC of drinking water for city,” he told reporters after the inspection.
The minister said they would submit a detailed inspection report to chief minister M K Stalin. “For the long run, we may have to build a wall around the lake to protect the water body.”
In the mid-1990s, the Chennai Corporation under the mayorship of M K Stalin built a fence in the front portion of the lake to stop people from walking into the waterbody for washing clothes and cattle. “The DMK organised a protest when the AIADMK attempted to dump several truckloads of sand to convert the waterbody into land. We will ensure this lake is revived” he said.

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