April 22, 2016

Korattur Barrage

Site Name: Korattur Barrage or Korattur Anaikut
Site Type: Dam, River
Location:  Korattur, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: The end point where the Cooum river can be found as a pure water body
Nearest Major Railway Station: Chennai 
Nearest Airport: Chennai 
How to reach: Reachable by road; public transportation is not dependable; it is a little known remote place and the roads are not in good condition
Hotel: Only in the nearby Chennai city
Restaurants: Go to Chennai city for various options

When anyone talks about Chennai, it is unavoidable to talk about Cooum river that runs through the city. It is a river that was turned into open sewage by the citizens of Chennai many years ago. It is unfortunate that the word 'Cooum' has become the synonym to stench. It is not the river's mistake, but the blunder of the people living on the banks of the river, who turned this river into sewage. Let me briefly talk about the origin of this river Cooum.

Unlike the citizens of Chennai, people at the outskirts of North Chennai and Tiruvallur district have comparatively kept the river clean. (Of course, whenever there is water in the river, which has become rare in the last few years).

Cooum is supposed to be a holy river like any other river. Many ancient temples of Lord Shiva were built on the banks of this river. The river Kosasthalaiyar originates near a village named Pallipet in Tiruvallur district. In the Kesavaram village, it branches out into two rivers, namely Kosasthalaiyar and Cooum. Hence, Cooum become the branch river of Kosasthalaiyar and Kesavaram becomes the origin of the river. 

In Korattur village located near Chembarampakkam, a barrage was constructed for the purpose of diverting the Cooum river water to Chembarampakkam Lake. This village is at a distance of around 55 km from the origin of the river. The river runs unpolluted till this site. 

I am lucky to visit this village when the river was flooded with fresh and pure water (towards the end of 2015 CE).

Happy travelling.

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