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Water woes: Temple tanks drying up

CHENNAI: The rain gods haven’t been type to Chennai and it’s appearing in the city’s temple tanks. They’ve began drying up.
Hydrologists warn that already the scene is adore it could be in April after a 12 months of poor rainfall. The tanks of the Vadapalani Andavar Temple and Tiruvottiyur Thiyagarajaswamy Temple are bone dry. There’s still water in the tanks of the Mylapore Kapaleeswarar temple and Tiruvanmiyur Marundeeswarar temple however garage is falling speedy. You can see the bottom of the tanks through the water.

The tank of the Agastheeswarar Prasana Venkatesa Perumal Temple at Nungambakkam typically brims with water, however no longer now. And locals are nervous about how this may increasingly affect the groundwater desk. And smartly they should be.

“Temple tanks replicate the regional water desk. If the tanks are drying up, it approach water desk is taking place,” says hydrologist J Saravanan. And with rankings of ponds and lakes filled as part of unregulated urbanisation, temple tanks are a very powerful for recharging groundwater degree.

V Shanthi, works as a home lend a hand at some hourse near the Nungambakkam temple, mentioned her employers had been complaining a few really extensive drop in the water degree. “There had been poor rains last 12 months and it has impacted on the garage of the temple tank. My employers are ruing that more power is being consumed to pump water up from borewells,” she mentioned. The temple tank had filled to the brim and twice in the last 5 years when Chennai won substantial rains.

Though the weatherman had forecast that Chennai and suburbs would get commonplace rain, the monsoon ended with a 54 in step with cent deficit. On an average, Chennai will get 750 mm of rain spread over two months. Chennai records 60% of its general rainfall all through the season, however this season town has recorded 343.7mm in opposition to an average 757.6mm this monsoon resulting in a 55% rain deficit.

S Venkatesan, a resident of Vadapalani, alleged that poor maintenance had left the Vadapalani Andavar Temple tank dry. “We have complained to the HR and CE officers that the channels that herald rainwater from the streets to the tank had been blocked. But, no action was once taken to resolve it,” he mentioned. The annual waft competition on the occasion of 'Panguni Uthiram' in March is not going this 12 months as there is no water, he added. The temple authorities announcing there is no obstruction to the smooth flow of water into the tank.

The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) division is in control of 50 temple tanks in Chennai, however little has been completed for his or her maintenance. For instance, simplest 80 in step with cent of works to restore 15 temple tanks has been finished. Executed beneath the Sustainable Water Security Mission by way of the Greater Chennai Corporation, the undertaking objectives at desilting tanks and lengthening their depth by way of 1.00m to at least one.20m, providing a layer of sand for uniform percolation of water and to increase filtration capability, but even so sinking wells at common periods on the tank beds for recharging rainwater.

Greater Chennai Corporation sources mentioned works had been being carried out beneath the Chennai Smart City price range with an outlay of two.27 crores. But, what about different tanks? When contacted, HR and CE commissioner Phanindra Reddy instructed NewsTread that the recovery of all temple tanks in Chennai could be taken up eventually.

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