Kanimozhi launches project to restore waterbodies in Thoothukudi
DMK MP Kanimozhi on Friday launched a project to restore the watershed pockets alongside the course of the Thamirabarani in Thoothukudi district.
“Over 50 waterbodies (lakes) getting water from the Thamirabarani will be restored. The goal is to increase the water retaining capacity of these lakes,” mentioned Ms. Kanimozhi, who represents the Thoothukudi Lok Sabha constituency.
The project was taken up with the assistance of the Public Works Department and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds. “We are working together with the Environmentalist Foundation of India, a wildlife conservation and habitat restoration organisation,” she defined. The project was launched in Authoor.
Ms. Kanimozhi mentioned the work would come with the elimination of rubbish and water hyacinth from the water holding areas of the lakes and invasive crops like Prosopis juliflora from the lake mattress and bunds.
“The depth of the waterbodies will be increased wherever necessary to hike storage capacity and strengthen the bunds into a dual embankment with the excavated silt,” she mentioned.
Ms. Kanimozhi mentioned it was a holistic ecological conservation programme geared toward rising the groundwater desk and restoring the habitat for all life varieties. “Every native tree in the lake area will be retained and an additional 950 saplings of palm, neem and pongamia will be planted. The inflow and outflow systems of the lake will be regulated,” she mentioned.