February 25, 2019

Perumbakkam Lake (Waterbodies of Chennai - 53)

Perumbakkam Lake spreads over 200 acres. It is the source of water for the farmers of Perumbakkam and the adjoining villages. Thanks to the urbanization, those villages are getting converted into city very fast. Before one decade, the situation was not that bad. Although no effort appears to have been taken up by the authorities to maintain, the lake remained beautiful and untouched. Now, due to the mushroom growth of real estates in this area, there are encroachments. Also, dumping of garbage into the lake and water hyacinth are slowly killing the lake.

Not many know that the hills that are seen on the other side of the lake have some historical significance. The Great Trigonometrical Survey of India started in Madras. Major William Lambton started this project on 10th April 1802 He had selected the flat plains with St. Thomas Mount at the norther end, which is well known and much talked about. He had selected Perumbakkam hill at the southern end, which is lesser known fact.

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.


February 20, 2019

Perumbakkam Wetland (Waterbodies of Chennai - 52)

Perumbakkam Wetland - this is the home for about 130 species of birds and on an average 40,000 birds flock to this site every month. It feels great, right? Hold on! It's not even 10 percentage of the birds which visited the site regularly few decades ago.

Perumbakkam Wetland, which is often referred as Sholinganallur Wetland, is originally part of Pallikkaranai Marshland. The urbanization, poor town planning and the greed of real estate sharks have separated both these wetlands miles apart now.

What we see today is not a wetland; it is just a remnant of the lost glory. Thousands of houses, one famous hospital, a college, a girls hostel, few hotels and a lot of IT companies have made this site as their own long back. It's a kind of encroachment that was done legally.

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.

February 17, 2019

IIT Lake (Waterbodies of Chennai - 51)

IIT Campus in Chennai is a small town within the city, with a lot of greenery. Some of the oldest and the biggest trees of the city are found in this campus. It is unimaginable to find such a vast area with so many avenues in the heart of this congested city.

One of the best things of this beautiful site is the lake. This lake which occupies an area of around 8 acres is the temporary home for many migratory birds. The site which has the least human disturbance obviously attracts the birds. The waterbody is surrounded by thick forests on both the sides. It also has canal as an extension.

It is definitely one of the best lakes of the city. However, it has its share of old sad story. The lake originally extended upto 130 acres. When IIT was formed in 1959, it was shrunk to the current size. More than 90% of lake had been lost.

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.

February 15, 2019

Kovilambakkam Village Pond (Waterbodies of Chennai - 50)

On Sunnambu Kulathur High Road in Kovilambakkam, the village tank is located. It is still used by the villagers for bathing and washing. It occupies an area of around 0.2 acre. The surrounding areas are urbanized, but this tank with the trees in the backdrop gives us a typical village feel.

Though it is not maintained by the Government properly, the tank is comparatively neat. However, the path that leads to this pond is full of garbage.

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.

February 13, 2019

Kovilambakkam Lake (Waterbodies of Chennai - 49)

This was perhaps one of the biggest lakes in the suburbs of Chennai. I believe it might occupied an area of around 160-180 acres originally. Now, it is hardly one fourth of its size, thanks to the mindless construction, encroachments and illegal water extraction by the tankers. Most of the lake area was converted into temple, church and hundreds of houses. What remains is a dry lake. The lake is almost dead now.

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.


February 11, 2019

Kovilambakkam Temple Tank (Waterbodies of Chennai - 48)

1.5 acres - that is the area occupied by this huge tank once. It was such a huge waterbody once. This is originally a village tank of Kovilambakkam. After the construction of Shiva Vishnu temple on its bank few years ago, this is being referred as the temple tank.

Though boundary walls were built around the tank few years ago, the maintenance is not that great. The tank has already shrunk to half of its original size.

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.


February 10, 2019

Ganapati Nagar Pond (Waterbodies of Chennai - 47)

This pond is located in an area named Ganapati Nagar, little behind one of the busiest roads of Chennai, Tambaram-Velachery Road in Pallikkaranai. Although it is a huge pond occupying an area of around 1 acre, it remains lesser known.

It appears that the Government has taken steps once to preserve this circular shaped beautiful pond. Steps to get down to the pond are found in all the directions and the banks of the pond are well protected by the concrete walls. It is fortunate that the area is not turned into a dump yard and there is no encroachment.

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.