Present Condition of the Lake
The Pallavaram Lake was once a sprawling water body covering about 189 acres. Today it has shrunk and looks like a big pond. Today, all that remains of it is a small patch on the lines of a pond on one side and a hillock of garbage on the other and this is one issue for which more than one government department should be held accountable.
Reasons for Pollution on the Periya Eri Lake
In the year 2001 a part of the lake on the eastern side was razed in order to drain out water for building roads. The construction of Pallavaram - Thoraipakkam Road, a project initiated to connect Chennai Airport and Rajiv Gandhi Salai, had split the lake into two halves. The portion of the lake to southern side of the road has completely been covered by garbage.
On the northern side of the road, the discharge of sewage from commercial establishments and homes and also effluents from some of the leather manufacturing units in Nagalakeni has affected the water.
There is acute water shortage in Chennai city despite the presence of so many lakes. Presently, the lake is spread over a small acre of land on one side and on the other side the lake does not have a single a drop of water and has turned into a dump yard with huge garbage piles. There are over 3,000 lakes and ponds in the Chennai metropolitan area. If it they are desilted, deepened and maintained, it would be enough to meet Chennai’s water needs.