Elixir of Life poisoned is a major cause of concern. Modern India’s approach to conservation of freshwater bodies needs an immediate relook. We consider our water bodies as just water holding structures. However, these are important lifelines that is home to several different species. We at E.F.I aim at motivating the larger public in understanding, adopting and conserving our water bodies.
Lake Restoration Efforts
The organization’s principal focus has been on adopting, scientifically reviving and ecologically restoring freshwater lakes and ponds across the country. E.F.I has worked on 129 water bodies across 14 states in the country since its inception in 2007.
E.F.I has been successful in cleaning and reviving nearly 75 water bodies in and around Chennai. This includes the Madambakkam Lake, Vandalur Lake, Arasankazhani Lake, Karasangal Lake, Sholinganallur Thamaraikeni Lake. Ponds at Mudichur, Perungalathur, Madhavaram, and Gerugambakkam.
The Arasamarakulam and 3 other water bodies at Villianoor in Pondicherry have been worked on by E.F.I.
E.F.I was successful in clearing trash, invasive weeds, strengthening the bunds and deepening the Selvachintamani Kulam in the heart of Coimbatore. The organization also revived the Vandikaranur Pond and is currently working on reviving the Kinathukadavu system ponds
Not just Urban water bodies, E.F.I also extends its efforts to several rural water bodies. This includes the restoration of the Kinhi-Gadegaon Reservoir in Maharashtra, Mittanamalli Lake Vadalur Serakuppam Lake, Kurunjipadi Lake, Tirunelveli-Keezh Ambur Lake, Pettai Lake, Navule Kere in Shivamogga, system ponds at Uthiramerur, Girivala Padhai ponds at Tiruvannamalai, Pei Kulam at Tuticorin, and more.
Madambakkam, Adambakkam, Ayanambakkam, Mudichur, Perumbakkam, Sithalapakkam Lakes in Chennai. Hebbal, Devasandra, Kithaganur Lakes in Bengaluru. Kapra, Gangaram Cheruvu, Gurunadham Cheruvu, Old Hafeezpet lakes in Hyderabad. Sanjay Lake at Trilokpuri in Delhi. Nalbhan Behri in Kolkata, Bandukeshwar Lake in Mumbai, Pashan Lake in Pune, Dimna Lake in Jamshedpur, Karimadom Colony Pond-Veli Lake in Trivandrum are water bodies where E.F.I organizes regular volunteering efforts for the general public. We are positive that we will work with the government in completely reviving these water wonders one day.
The Pedda Cheruvu, Konai Cheruvu, and the Oora Cheruvu in Vijayawada, and the Golapallu Thokkada Oora Cheruvu in Visakhapatnam have been worked on by E.F.I.
Samudra – Ocean Conservation Project
Samudra is an initiative launched by E.F.I to raise awareness of our beaches as an ecological zone! Beaches are often exploited as recreational hubs. These sandy stretches and their habitat characteristics are often neglected. At E.F.I we volunteer alongside the respective city administrations to help clean and maintain beach stretches in Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi and Trivandrum. We are excited about extending this project to Vishakapatnam, Nagapattinam, Puducherry, and Kanyakumari.
By working on these water bodies and their associated habitats. We have been addressing waste accumulation and its impact on the endemic wildlife. For us It’s not just about cleaning but about ensuring it remains clean.
The ecological restoration and revival of these habitats is our ultimate goal.