Located just near the Thiruvottriyur bridge, the 80-acre waterbody, called ‘Devi Kulam’ by local residents, has been a major source of drinking water for residents of Tiruvottriyur and Sathangadu.
But in the last few decades, the pond has been left in neglect and the water has become contaminated.
This has affected the groundwater recharge wells, pushing residents to depend on metro water tankers during summer.
Nasser Mohammed, a resident who lives in the nearby railway colony, said the pond must be at least five decades old.
“However, we will ensure all waste is collected from the bunds and vehicles are not parked there,’’ the official said.
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