Chennai: Even as the people of Chennai wait with bated breath for the monsoons to arrive, there seems to be no end to water woes. The Pallavaram Periya Eri under Thiruneermalai town panchayat, is now totally parched.
Located within Pallavaram municipal limits, it once served as a major source of water for the surrounding 95 acres of land, including the severe drought-hit regions of Anakaputhur and Pammal.
With the water body going bone dry, it was reported that thousands of fish have died over the past 10 days. The stench of dead fish is now yet another cause of concern for the distraught residents who reportedly approached the town panchayat for help to clean and desilt it.
According to sources, they were directed to the Public Works Department (PWD), who in turn asked them to seek the help of the Fisheries Department. Reportedly, the fisheries department asked the residents to approach the town panchayat again.
After running from post to pillar for aid, the distressed residents have finally decided to join hands with members of the town panchayat and start the cleanup process by themselves and restore the lake before the monsoons.
Meanwhile, a case has been filed with the Shankar Nagar police about the dead fish in the tank.
Further investigations are underway....