|as posted in News&Notes # 459||
Update on water conservation activities in the International Zone, 2012
In Solitude we cleaned and deepened the gully and we added some percolation pits. Next to the Tibetan Pavilion on Bharat Nivas site we improved the small pond of last year. Trees broken by the cyclone were removed by the BN team. This pond should now prevent water coming from BN into the Tibetan compound. Three bunds on the adjacent road were made to facilitate the water going in the right direction. A nice surprise was the finding of pieces of large petrified wood. The Tibetan Pavilion will place them in their patio.
Next to the small pond near Visitors Centre a larger percolation pond was made to let the water percolate further away from the road.
Soil was taken by Road Service, Moorthy, Herbert and Matrimandir. The rest of the soil was used for bunds. In Savitri Bhavan we made some bunds and percolation pits. Three percolation ponds were made and we did additional bunding between Unity Pavilion, Bharat Nivas and the Language Lab. The bunds on the road are not speed breakers, but water breakers, trying to slow down the run off and lead the water off the road into the ponds. We completed this year’s work with a percolation pond in Recueillement.
During these five weeks we worked 291 hours with the JCB and the expenditure was Rs 164.302. Nota bene, all the ponds, kolams and pits are filled every year with soil, leaves etc. This substance forms a valuable enriched topsoil and is very good for the plants and trees.
So I would like to advice the stewards and caretakers next to such a water body to take it for garden use, when the water has percolated.
Thanks for the harmonious support of all the stewards, IZ group, Road Service and L’Avenir. L’Avenir had made it very clear that our water ways have a priority above all. I hope all future L’Avenirs will endorse the same.
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