December 28, 2017

An unknown lake that is vanishing faster (Waterbodies of Chennai - 2)

Ponmar is a village, which is located at a distance of around 15 kms from Tambaram, the southern sub-urb of Chennai. It was quiet and remote village till the first decade of 21st century. It is no more a quiet village, thanks to the expansion of the city's borders. The village which had hillocks, paddy fields, water bodies and ancient temples are dotted with educational institutes and high rise buildings today.

There is a lake in this village, which is vanishing very fast. Even many of the residents of the village are not aware of this lake. Of course, the migrated population has outnumbered the original villagers. The lake lies hidden behind a college and few residential flats. There is no proper access to the lake and it contains water only during the rainy season.

The lake is clearly encroached by few educational institutes and the real estate companies. I am sure this lake must have been a beautiful place and many migratory birds would have regularly visited the lake few years ago. Now, unfortunately the urbanization has badly impacted the lake and it has become a neglected site. It's shrinking day by day and I am afraid that it would die soon.

Happy travelling.

Note: As per a report, there were about 650+ waterbodies in Chennai region till 1980s. Today, only a fraction of them exist. And, most of those surviving waterbodies hardly have water and even some of them that  have water had been shrunk badly. In Chennai, there are tank roads without tanks nearby and lake view roads without any lake in the vicinity. There is a high possibility that even the few waterbodies that we have today might vanish in the near future. I thought of visiting the currently surviving waterbodies of Chennai and its suburbs and write about them in my blog as a series.

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