Located in the Southern region of the Tirunelveli District, the Nanguneri Taluk is a world of its own with an abundant supply of natural resources. Lush green spaces, and large water bodies adorn the region that has made it a land of opportunities. Over the years, however, the story of these natural spaces has changed for the worse.
As the district began to grow, it saw a huge increase in its population growth. This had a direct impact on the demand and urbanisation of several regions such as Nanguneri. Green forests had turned into garbage patches while water bodies became cesspools with untreated sewage let into them.
In an effort to revive the natural scene of the region, E.F.I with administrative support from the Tirunelveli District Administration and funding support from Federal Bank Hormis Memorial Foundation had taken on the task of restoring 4 water bodies in the region.
All four lakes were found to be in similar conditions when they were taken up for restoration.
- Excessive dumping of solid waste
- Rampant growth of invasive weeds such as Prosopis juliflora, and overgrown thorny bushes
- Uneven lake beds owing to silt deposits
- Untreated sewage inflow into the water of the lakes
- Broken and damaged bunds
The following activities were executed at the lakes during the restoration.
- Clearance of invasive weeds and solid waste
- Construction of recharge wells
- Establishment of nesting islands
- Regulation of inlet and outlet points
- Construction of trenches to improve flow of water
Check out how these water bodies have now transformed!
- Koilkulam, Devanallur – 29.6 acres
- Adichaperikulam, Devanallur – 14.6 acres
- Perumalkulam, Singikulam – 15.7 acres
- Kadambankulam, Poolam – 53 acres
We thank all our volunteers and well-wishers who strengthened our efforts!