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At a time when Chennai’s lakes are dwindling and double up as sewers, a group in Salem presents an ideal example of how these waterbodies can be conserved.

Every Sunday, for the past few years, Salem Citizen’s Forum, headed by Meena Sethu and Piyush Manush, have been cleaning up the debris and planting trees along the lakes of Salem. The duo was in the city to deliver a lecture about their activities, recently. The event was organised by INTACH Chennai.

“We are not a registered group, we are not an NGO. We do not take funds from the government and we definitely do not take funds from corporates!” says Piyush. The Forum comprises mostly students, parents and well wishers who have come together to do their little for the environment. Funds come from the public, the details of which are displayed on their Facebook Page.

Meena Sethu runs two schools in Salem and is a convenor for the Salem Chapter of INTACH, and Piyush Manush is an active environmentalist. Their work with lakes is not a single attempt to clear it up. For example, in Mookaneri Lake, where they began work in 2010, artificial islands were created using the excavated clay and extensive planting was done to save the soil. The lake is now filled during the rain and equally picturesque when dry. It has become a photographer’s delight and people celebrate birthdays and anniversaries by planting saplings there.

Although the lake looks pristine now, Meena says there is no ‘happily ever after’ in conservation. “We continue maintenance work every week. During  Saturdays, school children come forward to volunteer and on Sundays, it is the general public,” says Meena. Being the head of two schools helps her in getting together the forces for the movement. A part of the school fees and contributions from children’s parents go into these activities.

“This also gives the kids a sense of ownership over the lake,” she says, adding that parents are made aware of the priorities of her schools before admitting their children in it. “We take the environment very seriously even in our school. Air-conditioned pick-up from home and junk food on school premises is not our thing,” she says. While Meena gets the manpower for the work, Piyush’s active negotiations and persistent efforts with the municipal corporation and other authorities keep them going. “We learn from our mistakes and keep going ahead. There is no point waiting, we just need to get started!” says Piyush, directing his words to all those who wish to make a difference but don’t know how.
thanks to :-
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Lake-Clean-up-Lessons-From-Salem/2014/11/04/article2506244.ece


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