Residents worried as Madambakkam panchayat digs more wells

-The New Indian Express

Madras High Court in August gave permission for the project based on a  submission by Public Works Department that the area has plenty of groundwater.

CHENNAI:
Many localities have permanently lost their groundwater source due to excessive extraction of water to meet the city’s growing needs. Residents of Madambakkam, a residential area in south Chennai, are worried whether their case too will end up the same. Madambakkam panchayat is now digging two more open wells on what locals claim is the bed of  Madambakkam lake. This is done to supply water to Madambakkam and nearby Chitlapakkam panchayats.

Madras High Court in August gave permission for the project based on a  submission by Public Works Department that the area has plenty of groundwater. However, residents say their borewells are increasingly going dry and two months the panchayat too has to dug as many as 50 borewells in the locality to meet the needs. Residents say the trend started when three open wells were dug on the bed of Madambakkam lake about a year ago and water was extracted for supply to neighbouring areas. They claimed that PWD officials have not conducted a single survey to determine groundwater levels.

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The New Indian Express, 5 October, 2019, http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2019/oct/05/residents-worried-as-madambakkam-panchayat-digs-more-wells-2043355.html?fbclid=IwAR0QhETIFA6RMldIxOP

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