November 9, 2018
The Water Resources Department is all set to clear waterbodies of silt years after project planning.The reservoir at Cholavaram will be the first among the four waterbodies, the others being Poondi, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam.
Besides removing silt, shutter will be repaired and a road laid alongside as inspection track.
It will be the first major project taken up in many decades after delay due to administrative reasons and lack of funding.
Officials said the storage of Cholavaram reservoir was already raised by 200 million cubic feetl. Similar works would be taken up at Chembarambakkam and Poondi reservoirs.
In Red Hills, the long-pending problem of misuse of water along Ambattur-Red Hills Road would be addressed. “We plan to form a foreshore bund on the rear portion of the reservoir to prevent encroachments,” said an official.
While work would be initiated in the Cholavaram lake at a cost of Rs. 5.4 crore by December, the department is awaiting government order to take up the project in other reservoirs early next year.
“We are also seeking advice from the dam rehabilitation and improvement project, including for strengthening the bund. The project would also generate revenue through sale of soil removed from the reservoirs,” the official added.