Porur Lake in Chennai will receive a $100 million restoration.

Porur lake, one of the city's most encroached water bodies, will be restored at 100 crore . The state public works department has started work on a four-pronged scheme .

CHENNAI: The Porur lake, one of the city's most encroached water bodies, will be restored at 100 crore.The state public works department (PWD) has started work on a four-pronged scheme, which includes a surplus channel that is supposed to prevent flooding in a half-dozen localities.According to a senior PWD official, the restoration of the surplus channel that had been covered in the last few years would require the construction of a regulator.The lake's surplus used to pass through patta lands before they were turned into residential colonies, with the recently constructed Chennai Bypass compounding the problem.

Now, with box culverts to take the surplus, a covered channel will be erected between Thanthikaalvai and the surplus channel in Kolathuvancheri and another between the lake and Ramapuram nallah.According to the official, water from the lake will drain into Ramapuram nallah and thence flow into the Adyar after the restoration.According to one source, the project is scheduled to be completed in six months, but that the chosen contractor was expected to finish it before the start of the northeast monsoon in the middle of October.After the monsoon, Dhanalakshmi Nagar, Kumara Nagar, Sri Sai Nagar, Madhuram Nagar, Jothi Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Srinivasapuram, Baraniputhur, Pattur, Periapanacherry, Ayyappanthangal, Kolappakkam, Madhanandhapuram, Mugalivakkam, and Mangadu, which are close to the lake, will