This photo tells you the story – the present state of the tank of Sri Virupakseeswarar Temple in Mylapore.
The recent rains have allowed for water to flow into the tank but the bed dries up inside an hour after the rainfall stops.
And why does this happen?
Simple – though the groundwater increases slowly, the dozens and dozens of water pumps fed. by bore-wells in residences of this area are all pumping up all that water for domestic use.
It may be recalled that a set of pipes were erected in and around the temple tank to channel all the rainwater that falls in this campus, in the hope this would increase the water level appreciably.
But it is obvious, the all-round private extraction is not helping in the retention of water in this temple tank.