Thattan Kulam: Story of Generosity and Water

Located in the village of Ayapakkam in Avadi, the Thattan Kulam is a suburban pond near the Ayapakkam Lake.

History has it that the pond was named after Thiru. Thattan, a generous landlord. The Ayapakkam village once upon a time was inhabited by several farmers and was surrounded by farmlands and cattle farms. But with the closest water source located far away from the village, the farmers found it difficult to grow their crops and raise their cattle.

In an effort to help his community and village, Thiru. Thattan had dug out a pond from his own land to help the villagers use the water for their own needs and purposes. The pond was later named Thattan Kulam in honor and remembrance of the generous landlord.

But as years went by, urbanization and development got the better of the pond. Invasive weed species, overgrown shrubs and solid waste waste started to take over the pond, choking its life.

With administrative support from the Avadi Municipal Corporation and funding support from HDB Financial Services Ltd., E.F.I had taken on the task of restoring this forgotten urban pond! Take a look at all that happened during this restoration!

The pond underwent a restoration effort from February to April 2021. The results?

We thank all the volunteers and local residents who strengthened our efforts in restoring this pond!

Volunteer for India and her Environment with E.F.I, Jai Hind

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