Citizens of Trichy, Tamilnadu have made a beginning in reviving Mavadi Kulam, a 143-acre lake, that was once used for drinking and supplied water for irrigation to nearby villages. For the last few years, the lake has been used as a waste dump yard, for illegal quarrying, as a burial ground and a place for encroachments.
This clean up drive was started on July 14th, 2013. Volunteers assemble every Sunday at 7 am at the lake, to participate in this campaign, under the leadership of Vinothraj Seshan, the convener of this initiative. He quotes “This is just a small beginning, but we have taken a step further than just complaining about drinking water scarcity”.
A core committee with representatives drawn from various voluntary organizations have come under the banner “Thanneer” (meaning Water in English) to ensure the completion of the Mavadi Kulam project. They also plan to address various other water related problems in Trichy.
The district administration, headed by Collector Jayashree Muralidharan has also joined hands with the activists. She has instructed the officials from three departments – Agriculture, Public Works and Revenue to support this initiative. She has also appealed to NSS students and NGOs to become a part of this initiative.
The dream of the activists involved in this project is to recharge the ground water to prevent water scarcity in future. They also plan to create tiny islets for birds to breed. Finally, a leisure spot for people of Trichy to enjoy nature!
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