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|Location||Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu|
|Water volume||.025 km3 (20,000 acre·ft)|
|Settlements||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
Sholavaram aeri, or Sholavaram lake, located in Ponneri taluk of Thiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu, South India, It is one of the rain-fed reservoirs from where water is drawn for supply to Chennai city from the this lake to Puzhal lake through canals.
Sholavaram lake was built in prior to 1877 during the British rule. It is primarily known for its Lake and the motor racing. Sholavaram lake is one of the main water source for Chennai.The race track near Sholavaram lake used to be an air strip during World War II, racing event were conducted between early 60's and well into late 1980s. Racing event took place during the month of February every year. The track has T-shaped so the problem was discussed with rac in london and the Madras Motor club was advised that the width of the track should not be more than 35 feet. the 150 feet runway was divided by having an eighty feet no-man's land in the centre, with 35 feet wide tracks on two sides. This gave a wide space in the centre and the ambulance, marshalls, etc. were all located in the centre 80 feet divide. Being a place that belonged to the army, the club could not say anything when someone in the army decided to test their new tanks and the sholavaram runway was taken up by the army on several occasions to test tanks.So the Madras Motor Sports Club built a new track in Sriperumbadur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, but this track still evokes strong memories and nostalgia from several drivers and spectators.
Sholavaram, a quiet town at the 24th KM north of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Lakes near Chennai are rich in natural beauty, flora and fauna and Sholavaram lake is one of them. It is one of the largest lakes in Chennai. Sholavaram lake is located near sholavaram Airstrip, Which has T-shaped base where the Indian army are used to test their activities. The canal has been connected in between Sholavaram and Puzhal lake. Peoples in the surroundings are used the canal road to reach Thiruvallur main road, Redhills junction and also G.N.T road or National highway (NH5).
1983: Krishna River Water supply scheme
Main Article: Krishna River
An agreement was signed jointly by Governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on April 14, 1976 to spare 15 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) of Krishna water to Chennai city. Following this, an accord between Andhra Pradesh Government and Tamil Nadu Government was signed on April 18, 1983 for drawing 15 TMC of Krishna water to Chennai City from Sri Sailam Reservoir to be conveyed through Somaseela and Kandaleru Reservoirs and ultimately a net quantity of 12 TMC (after loss of 3 TMC en route in evaporation and seepage) will reach the Tamil Nadu border. Thus the water from Krishna river were stored in Sholavaram lake as well as Poondi Reservoir for drinking purpose.
2015: Heavy Rainfall
On the month of November and December 2015, North East monsoon brought heavy rainfall in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra pradesh. The water inlet of Sholavaram lake has reached the maximum capacity of 595(mcft) out of 881(mcft). A few years ago the water surplus place was extended up to 200(mcft) and also the bunds are also repaired. During the heavy rainfall flow in the Sholavaram lake and it's surroundings, crack found in the lake region. On 16 November 2015, 400 metre of crack found in same region due to clay soil. Water Resources Department take action and the lake has been under controlled. On 1 December 2015, the lake has inflow of 423(cusecs) and outflow of 400(cusecs).