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Theeyambakkam Pond – A Ray of Hope

Theeyambakkam pond
An identity lost pond, filled with rubble and invasive thorny shrubs.

Theeyambakkam Gandhi Nagar pond was once a lustrous pond serving the locality as a freshwater reserve and a haven for birds and other living creatures. In the name of development, the pond was vandalized by unmindful people residing around the pond. Lost amid the construction debris and invasive plants, the pond went dormant.

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Invasive Thorny Shrubs
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Deserted pond

Environmentalist Foundation of India identified this pond in this dire state of neglect and wanted to bring back the life to it. The restoration began in the month of August 2018.

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On completion of the restoration by the end of August, the pond had its first sigh of relief.

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The intermittent rains and just a week of north-east monsoon has started filling the pond. The pond has regained its past glory with all native shrubs growing on its peripheries after the invasive ones were removed.

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Soon the pond will be filled to the rim and become an abode of lively activity with insects, birds, reptiles and all other organisms returning to the pond. Let’s respect every living being and conserve freshwater bodies all of us depend on.

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