TNN | Updated: Nov 9, 2019, 6:37 IST
The lake at Siruseri off Old Mahabalipuram Road around which cycling and jogging tracks will be designed.
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CHENNAI: A plan to rejuvenate a lake at government-owned IT Park in Siruseri on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) is taking baby steps with the water body being surveyed on Friday.
The State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (SIPCOT) has kickstarted preparation works for a cycling, jogging and walking track over the bund.
According to official sources, hydrographic and topographic surveys are being carried out in and around the water body spread over 30 acres. “The tank, with a depth of 3m, would be deepened by an additional 1.5m. The surveys are being conducted as a part of it,” an official said. Based on the surveys, contour maps and analysis on maximum holding capacity would be prepared, sources added.
Further, an agency has been appointed to provide a concept report for the entire project in another 10 days. The report will contain details on the project cost and recreation facilities.
While desilting the tank will help in converting it into a source of fresh water for the IT park and contiguous areas, the bund would have separate cycling, jogging and walking tracks. “A ten-metre-long track comprising the three facilities is in the pipeline,” a SIPCOT official added. The cycling track would consume 50% of the total track area, while the rest will be earmarked for jogging and walking. The tank has a circumference of 1.5km.
Once the rejuvenation process is completed, authorities said they could charge the general public for using the facility. Noting that the move was meant to maintain the facility, sources said the water body would be open for the general public as well. “This apart, boating services are also being planned as an added feature. SIPCOT board has to issue its nod for the plan,” the official said.
The IT Park at Siruseri employees about 90,000 people in 46 companies.