Citizens for Uyyakondan on Sunday demonstrated facets of environmental friendly approaches for upkeep of the canal in commemoration of 50th week of its formation to safeguard the Chola-era water course from pollution.
A children’s park teeming with play materials made of discarded tyres painted in various hues, a 800-metre walking track with fence along Uyyakondan (north bank) with provision for water percolation, and a model sewage treatment plant commissioned by senior officials were envisaged as examples of participatory roles of citizens for protection of water bodies.
The park was inaugurated by Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran, while city engineer Amuthavalli inaugurated the walking track. Executive Engineer of Public Works department-River Conservation Division Bhasker commissioned the mini-sewage treatment plant.
Citizens for Uyyakondan, emcompassing members representing many walks of life and age groups, mobilised ₹ 2 lakh for the projects through crowd funding.
Water recycled in the treatment plant would be utilised to raise 60 saplings planted in the park, Manoj Dharmar, a citizen, said.
In order to prevent pollution of the Uyyakondan, the waste water generated in households in apartment complexes in the vicinity, which otherwise was let into the canal, would be treated in the plant specifically to improve greenery, he said.
The initiative by Citizens for Uyyakondan comes in the run up to the riverfront development of a 2.1 km stretch of the water body from Kuzhumayi Amman temple to MGR statue planned by Tiruchi Corporation at an expenditure of ₹17.56 crore under the Smart City proposals.