NIT-T to Clean Srirangam Chandra Pushkarini Tank

Published: 07th November 2014 06:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th November 2014 06:14 AM   |  A+A-


TIRUCHY: Chandra Pushkarini, the holy tank of Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam, will be purified in a bioremediation process by the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NIT-T), as part of the renovation work being carried out in the temple.

NIT.jpgChandra Pushkarni is the main tank of the temple among the holy theerthams situated in eight different directions around it. Presently, only Chandra Pushkarni is in a good condition. In an attempt to purify the water in the tank, officials have entrusted the project to NIT-T under Professor Swaminathan, Department of Civil Engineering.

Bioremediation is a biological process to clean water where microorganisms are introduced to consume and break down environmental pollutants, in order to clean a polluted site. “The sanctity of the temple should be maintained. Bioremediation process was chosen because we did not want to affect it by using chemicals,” said Swaminathan.

An initial amount of `6 lakh is allotted for this project from the renovation work fund. The actual cost of the project will be known after NIT-T submits a full project report.

“Funds are not a problem. Complete renovation of the temple is more important. If more money is needed, it will be taken from the temple fund,” said an HR and CE official.

Construction of walls around the dry Surya Pushkarni, another major tank, has been completed. The tank bed will soon be filled with a clay layer to ensure water is retained on the surface and does not percolate.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp