ECO-RESTORATION OF 8 LAKES, Coimbatore:
Presently, the lakes in Coimbatore which are important component of its cultural heritage suffer in a state of neglect and disrepair. These sewage-carrying, debris-ridden lakes can be easily transformed into the city’s new ‘public realm’ and can be made to harness eco-system services to help the city become more sustainable and liveable for the future. The lake system built by the Cholas 1200 years back, was an intricate interconnected-system, where water flowing into the Noyall Valley from the surrounding hills of Western Ghats is first intercepted by these lakes and overflows of which then feed subsequent lakes, before finally connecting to the River. The Coimbatore Smart City Plan list out 8 lakes situated North of Noyall River valley, which are fed by canals from overflow weirs constructed on River Noyall and storm-water streams originating in the Western Ghats situated further north of the Noyall basin. Making connections by identifying and working on the MISSING LINKS the 8 lakes project for Coimbatore Smart city focuses on following three areas:
• Water linkages
• Green linkages
• Walking and cycling linkages
By undertaking a ‘ECO-SYSTEMS APPROACH’ the project aims to create cross-sectoral solutions to create a unique opportunity for the city to re-align itself to protect, conserve and celebrate its rich cultural heritage and help tackle problems of sewage pollution.