Chennai: Children's Park at Baskar Colony, Saligramam, has a jewel of its own. It's a small pond that is located at the end of the park. But this pond, which houses fish and ducks, also accommodates garbage (plastic cups, bottles and weeds). This kind of choked the pond, making life difficult for the fish.
"A strong stench emanates from the pond sometimes and it becomes hellish for us in the locality," says Meghana, a resident of Baskar Colony. But some respite is in the offing.
On the morning of 26 and 27 September, students, walkers, Baskar Colony Residents Welfare Association members and volunteers from Tree Bank group joined in a clean-up campaign.
The importance of this pond to the local water eco-system cannot be overstated. "Since the stormwater drain is connected to this pond, the groundwater level can be replenished with the help of this pond," says Mullaivanam, a member of Tree Bank Enviro Team. Actor Mayilsamy, who is a resident of Baskar Colony, also took part in the cleaning drive. The actor also provided breakfast and snacks for the participants who largely consisted of students and walkers.
"Only if this pond is cleaned twice a year, the bio-diversity in this pond can be maintained', says Aravindhan, a resident. Two stormwater drains, which collect excess rainwater from the streets, are connected to this pond. 'Though two drains are connected to it, only one is working as the other is choked with plastic and garbage," points out a staff who maintains the park.
It is learnt that the pond is 10 feet deep and sometimes overflows during heavy downpour. The residents have lauded the efforts of the students and volunteers in cleaning the pond. Now, the pond offers a beautiful sight to behold with a picture perfect setting of charming white ducks swimming across with panache.