Madambakkam – A rare hidden water ecosystem near Chennai

The work on the Madambakkam lake is proceeding fast and its set to be a beautiful water catchment area soon

Madambakkam lake in the southwest of Chennai is one of the largest lakes in the city. A lake of tranquility which is hidden over 40 years amongst the neighbourhood.

It was a natural paradise once, that deteriorated due to the oblivious nature of mankind, yet awaited with a source of hope to bestow its unconditional resources. The lake was certainly destroyed due to massive exploitation thus affecting the ecosystem directly and its dependents indirectly.

A collaborative effort between PWD, Government of Tamil Nadu and Rotary club of Madras, south has facilitated Environmentalist Foundation of India (E.F.I) in reviving the lake.

In the first week of restoration, solid waste and invasive weeds which pose a threat to the ecosystem were removed followed by de-silting and construction of bunds to rejuvenate its ecological identity.

The beauty of Madambakkam lake has made us discover and innovate techniques in the journey of restoration. The methods implemented have been put forth to envision the process of our efforts in reviving the water body.

The Process of Restoration: 

  1. Construction of dual embankment prevents rapid soil erosion and protect the lake from further dumping of waste.
Dual embankment to prevent rapid soil erosion
  1. The adjacent recharge boxes in cascading pattern creates pressure points in the lake for faster ground water recharge.
water recharge boxes to encourage  ground water recharge
  1. The island with neem tree has been constructed to conserve the flora and fauna. It would be a natural nesting place for birds and other reptiles in near future. 
neem tree island to protect flora and fauna

The restoration work of the lake is still underway. However, when we visited the area, it has undergone a huge change and we can already see the signs of a reviving ecosystem. The lakes are very vital in protecting the water shortages in and around Chennai areas and this restoration would be a huge boon for the water starved city.

Once the restoration work is done our frequent visit to this natural paradise would not only feast one’s eyes but prevent further deterioration by mankind.