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05 April 2013

Jaya Menon,Chennai: Chetpet lake, the only surviving water body in the heart of the city, has been an eyesore for years, with dense vegetation, garbage from nearby slum tenements and free flow of sewage from inlets. But, the state government plans to give a facelift to the water body at a cost of Rs 42 crore. The 15-acre lake off Poonamallee High Road, managed by the Fisheries department, will boast of an eco-park and revive angling.

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa made a suo motu statement in the assembly on Friday to give effect to the ambitious plan. The lake will offer recreational activities, including water sports, boat club, open air auditoriums and children's playfield. A walkway will be formed along the perimeter to help people take up walking. Besides, a multi-level vehicular parking arrangement will also be built for the fitness enthusiasts for a hassle-free walk. "A sea food stall will be set up," Jayalalithaa said. The AIADMK government's proposal to establish this eco-park concept is not new.

At the behest of the previous DMK regime, the Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Finance Services (TNUIFSL) prepared a detailed project report. Both Fisheries department and Chennai Corporation competed with each other to restore the lake, which was once a much-sought after spot for anglers in the city. The lakh has seen British officials, including George Saveille, the British deputy high commissioner of trade, frequenting the place for angling. Today, the water body is in a state of disuse, ever since the neighbouring slum tenements let out raw sewage and spoilt the ecology. The storm water drain inlets into the lake also carry sewage and this leads to water hyacinths thriving in the water body.