The Railway Division here celebrated the World Environmental Day by reclaiming a pond that was lying unused for the past many years.
The renovated pond called Chathurakkulam was dedicated to the people at a function held at Hemambika Nagar, Railway Colony, on Tuesday. Divisional Railway Manager Pratap Singh Shami commissioned the renovated water resource. The pond got its name Chathurakkulam from its perfect square shape of 45 m x 45 m. The Railway spent ₹20 lakh to retrieve the water source by cleaning it and repairing its walls.
Railway officials said a huge quantity of debris was removed from the pond during its restoration. Apart from cleaning the water and removing the mud from the pond, the surrounding area of it was filled with fresh soil and new retention wall built. A pathway around the pond was also constructed as part of the restoration work. The Chathurakkulam has 2.5 metre depth and can contain 70 lakh litres of water. The pond had remained a prime source of water for the Railway Colony.
A pipeline network has been laid for providing drinking water for the residents of Railway Colony. Railway officials said a pressure filter and an auto-chlorination unit would be installed soon. Additional Divisional Manager D. Sai Baba, senior divisional engineer H. Anantharaman, divisional engineer Robin Rajan, and divisional environment and housekeeping manager A. Suresh attended the inaugural function.
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