CUBE submits management plan for conservation of Singanallur Lake

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The Centre for Urban Biodiversity Conservation and Education (CUBE) submitted a management plan to the city corporation commissioner and other government departments detailing about measures to conserve Singanallur Lake.

The report addresses some of the major issues of the lake such as water contamination, hyacinth growth, in organic farming and the need to improve the biodiversity of the lake.

Vinny R Peter, a research scholar and member of CUBE, said as per the public works department records, the lake’s water was used for drinking purposes when it was formed. “But over the years, due to sewage, drainage, industrial effluents and agricultural pollution, the lake was contaminated and could not be consumed. But we want to revive that,” she said.

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V S Vijayan, former Director and Founder of Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History said there were two inlets that contained heavy metals and one inlet that contained a lot of pesticides. “The water from these inlets should be tested and measures be taken to stop this contamination,” he said.

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