Mettur Dam Water Level: Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010

The water level in the Mettur dam stood at 82.35 feet on Tuesday against its full level of 120 feet. The inflow was 1,030 cusecs and the discharge, 7,997 cusecs.

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Chennai: Small waterbodies in southern suburbs remain neglected

Plastic, garden and kitchen waste dumped on them

The ‘malaikuttai’ in Zamin Raayapettai in Chromepet is a waterbody that presents a pathetic sight

TAMBARAM: It is not just the huge and sprawling lakes in the southern suburbs of Chennai that are crying for attention from the State government agencies and urban and rural local bodies.

IN NEED OF ATTENTION: Small waterbodies such as ‘malaikuttai’ in Zamin Raayapettai could contribute significantly to the water table if maintained properly.— Photo: A.Muralitharan

Even small waterbodies that could be of immense benefit in conserving precious rainwater have been completely ignored. In addition to the 300 lakes in Tambaram taluk, the southern suburbs are dotted with small tanks (‘kulam’) and ponds (‘kuttai’). While a few of them have been revived because of the intervention of environmentalists, most other small waterbodies of temples, those created in abandoned quarries and natural ponds nestled in the midst of residential localities remain neglected.

The ‘malaikuttai’ in Zamin Raayapettai in Chromepet, Pallavaram Municipality, for instance, is a waterbody that presents a pathetic sight. It has an expanse of less than one acre and residents said it was formed several years ago in an abandoned quarry site. The rocky surface ensured that perennial springs continuously fed the waterbody. Though it was not a direct source to draw water, it ensured that the water table in this part of Zamin Raayapettai was always maintained.

Today, a blanket of plastic, garden and kitchen waste, besides others forms of refuse, can be seen over the water surface. Even huge chunks of chopped-down trees have been dumped on the waterbody, making it a receptacle of filth.

Krishna Giri, a resident of Radha Nagar, complained that there was no positive response from the government agencies concerned. Citing reports and announcements that several hundred crore rupees were being spent on water supply improvement and cement concrete road-laying projects in the local bodies around Chennai, she wondered why a few lakh rupees could not be spent in protecting waterbodies such as the ‘malaikuttai.’

Pallavaram Municipal Chairman E.Karunanidhi said they were preparing a scheme for carrying out improvement works on the pond and they would begin by constructing a compound wall around it. There were also proposals to build a ground level service reservoir (underground sump) to store Palar drinking water when they expand the distribution system. However, a decision would be made later, Mr. Karunanidhi said, adding the municipal administration would protect the waterbody.

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Mettur Dam Water Level: Monday, Jan 18, 2010

The water level at the Mettur dam stood at 83.23 feet on Sunday against its full level of 120 feet. The inflow was 537 cusecs and the discharge 4,000 cusecs.

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Periyar Dam Water Level: Sunday, Jan 17, 2010

MADURAI: Water level in the Periyar dam on Saturday stood at 117.1 feet (full level 136 feet), with an inflow of 245 cusecs and discharge of 825 cusecs.

Vaigai dam had water up to 52.62 feet (71 feet). The reservoir had an inflow of 437 cusecs and discharge of 310 cusecs.

The combined Periyar-Vaigai credit was 3,291 mcft.

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Mettur Dam Water Level: Sunday, Jan 17, 2010

The level in the Mettur dam stood at 83.53 feet on Saturday against its full level of 120 feet.

The inflow was 542 cusecs and the discharge, 4,003 cusecs.

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Periyar Dam Water Level: Saturday, Jan 16, 2010

MADURAI: Water level in the Periyar dam on Friday stood at 117.4 feet (full level 136 feet), with an inflow of 275 cusecs and discharge of 900 cusecs.

Vaigai dam had water up to 52.56 feet (71 feet) and the reservoir had an inflow of 494 cusecs and 310 cusecs of water was discharged from it.

The combined Periyar-Vaigai credit stood at 3335 mcft.

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Mettur Dam Water Level: Saturday, Jan 16, 2010

The water level in the Mettur dam stood at 83.83 feet on Friday against its full level of 120 feet.

The inflow was 538 cusecs and the discharge, 3,999 cusecs.

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