Porur Lake

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Porur Lake
Porur Lake and flyover.jpg
Porur lake with the Chennai Bypass bridge in the background
LocationChennai, Tamil Nadu
Coordinates13°02′03″N 80°09′02″E / 13.034223°N 80.15065°E / 13.034223; 80.15065Coordinates: 13°02′03″N 80°09′02″E / 13.034223°N 80.15065°E / 13.034223; 80.15065
Native nameபோரூர் ஏரி (ரெட்டேரி)  (Tamil)
Basin countriesIndia
Surface area200 acres (81 ha)
Water volume46,000,000 cubic feet (1,300,000 m3)

Porur Lake (also called Retteri in local language), is located on the fringes of Porur in south-west Chennai and is a primary water resource for people residing in Chennai. It is a temporary catchment area connected with Chembarambakkam Lake. It is spread over 200 acres with a capacity of 46 million cubic feet (mcft).

There are four filters working 24x7 to pump water to K. K. Nagar double tank distribution point.[citation needed] Bathing, washing and/or swimming is currently prohibited in this lake from 1995.[citation needed] A better view of the lake can be appreciated from the Chennai bypass.[citation needed]

In 2012, the Water Resources Department initiated a project to increase the capacity the tank along with two other lakes in the city at a cost of 130 crore. This would deepen the lake by at least 1 m and increases the capacity to 70 mcft.[1][2]


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  1. ^ Lakshmi, K. (26 January 2012). "Three tanks set for new lease of life". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  2. ^ Lakshmi, K. (3 October 2013). "Soon, Porur lake to be cleared of encroachments". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 6 October 2013.