Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dumping in Muthukkadu Lake ?

Muthukkadu Lake on ECR, as viewed from Mantri Synergy on OMR

Pallavaram municipal chairman has been directed by the national green tribunal not to dump garbage into Pallavaram Lake. A Madipakkam resident S.P. Surendranath Karthik, who petitioned the tribunal has also claimed damages under the 'polluter pays' principle. But then the civic body would argue that dumping has been happening for decades. Besides the municipal waste collectors aren't the only culprit.  Decades of dumping  truckloads of trash from elsewhere may well have contributed to the current mess.
 Upshot is: Pallavaram Lake, spread over 300 acres, is shrinking, and whatever remains of the water spread, in the southern part of the lake, is said to have turned toxic. The  lake is the prime source of drinking water for residents in neighbourhood localities.

The lake from where Padur people source water is getting smaller, and increasingly polluted. The issue, if left unaddressed any further, can only get worse, at a faster pace,.
 The case before the green tribunal ought to serve as a wake-up call to Padur-Kelambakkam residents on OMR.  They need to take steps to prevent Padur and Muthukkadu lakes going the Pallavaram way. Stakeholders - developers,  residents associations and panchayat bodies - should come together to explore possibilities. Which include a co-ordinated approach to 1) check further lake pollution through people-panchayat monitoring system; and 2) evolve effective waste management and sewage processing/recycling system to cover the residential areas around Padur and Muthukkadu lakes

OMR Greens, a community service initiative, can play a role in facilitating  the process of mobilising public awareness and in connecting communities to work out a joint programme to address issues of common concern.          


  1. Very timely post on which action to be taken by the concerned departments on priority basis.

    Also Glad to see the photo of OMR Green in action.

    By the by, I have moved out of Mantri ~Synergy on 1.10.2012 and taken up an independent house(Ground floor) in Mogappair for rent.

    I take this occasion to thank Shri GVK who had posted an article about me when I became a resident of Mantri Synergy six months back and thank those who have made nice comments on the articles written by me in the website of OMR residents.I also thank MS Madhimita Hazare for following my blog.

  2. Sorry to see you moving out of Mantri's, Mr Saibaba. Feel a certain affinity towards you, your online participation, though we haven't met while you were with us in our complex. Hopefully, we would sometime, somewhere else.
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