Power of the People for the Pond

On February 2nd, all the people from the Gerugambakkam Community had come together to celebrate the World Wetlands Day but with a special twist to it. Gerugambakkam is a suburb located in the southwestern part of Chennai falling under Kanchipuram District. The Gerugambakkam Pond located in the heart of the suburb was once considered andContinue reading “Power of the People for the Pond”

Karimadom Colony Pond: A New Beginning

The Karimadom Colony Pond is located close to Attakkulangara-Killippalam Bypass Road in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. With an area of 1.6 acres, it is a small waterbody. It is the only pond in central Trivandrum which is not attached to a temple. This pond was earlier used for domestic purposes until the rapid urbanisation in the aftermathContinue reading “Karimadom Colony Pond: A New Beginning”

Egattur Pond – Work in Progress

Since our pond restoration program at Egattur Pond kickstarted with the Pongal @ Pond celebrations, the waterbody has changed massively.  Firstly, weeds and invasive bushes like the Prosopis juliflora have been removed from the bunds by the excavator. On the one hand,  the water holding capacity gets increased. On the other hand, with the removalContinue reading “Egattur Pond – Work in Progress”

Egattur Pond – The first steps of a restoration

The pond between the skyscrapers takes its first steps in the restoration progress. The small waterbody of 0.86 acres lies between the Hiranandani housing properties in Egattur, south of central Chennai. The bunds are overgrown by lush green bushes and weeds. The Thalam Kulam appears as a green paradise in between the blocks. The BuckinghamContinue reading “Egattur Pond – The first steps of a restoration”

குலம் காக்கும் குளத்தில் பொங்கல்

மென்பொருள் நிறுவனங்கள் பல நிறைந்துள்ள பழைய மஹாபலிபுரம் சாலையில் எண்ணற்ற நீர் நிலைகள் உள்ளன. இவற்றில் ஏரி, குளம், குட்டை, ஓடைகள் என எத்தனையோ இருக்கின்றன. நகரமயமாக்கலின் தாக்கத்தினால் இந்த நீராதாரங்கள் இன்று கேட்பாரற்று இருக்கின்றன. இதனால் இந்த நீர் நிலைகளில் குப்பை கொட்டப்படுவதும், கட்டிடக்கழிவுகள் கொண்டு நிரப்புவதும் என எத்தனையோ பிரச்சனைகள். இயற்கை ஆர்வம் கொண்டு, நீர் ஆதாரங்களை காக்கும் முயற்சியில் பல மக்கள் ஈடுபட்டுள்ளன. அப்படி தாழம்பூர், ஈகாட்டூr பகுதி மக்கள் E.F.I  எனும் இயற்கை பணியில்Continue reading “குலம் காக்கும் குளத்தில் பொங்கல்”

Thalambur Keni Pond: A Restoration in Progress

  The Thalambur Keni Pond which is located in the South of Chennai is being restored by Environmentalist Foundation of India starting the 28th of December 2018.   With an area of around 3,200 square meters, it is a minor Pond. Directly adjacent to a highly developed area, this pond looked very chaotic and moreContinue reading “Thalambur Keni Pond: A Restoration in Progress”

The Restoration of Arasamara Pond by E.F.I.

The Arasamara Kulam is a pond of the size of one acre in G.N. Palayam. Five kilometres east of central Pondicherry. The area around the pond was for agriculture use back in the day. Due to rapid urbanisation, the area has now developed into a fully urbanised area with mainly one to two storey homes.Continue reading “The Restoration of Arasamara Pond by E.F.I.”

Tiruvannamalai Pond Restoration by E.F.I.

If you have seen pictures of Oothu Kulam dated one year back, you are not able to see any pond. The forgotten waterbody located in the south of central Tiruvannamalai was filled up with sludge. The pond of around one acre practically was unfunctional for its planned purpose. Besides the silt, invasive shrubs and bushesContinue reading “Tiruvannamalai Pond Restoration by E.F.I.”

Theeyambakkam Pond – A Ray of Hope

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. Environmentalist FoundationContinue reading “Theeyambakkam Pond – A Ray of Hope”