A non-governmental organisation, the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) has initiated the process of reviving an ancient water body that is located in the front of the Sri Ramanujar Sannadhi at Sevilimedu in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. The revival work coincides with the 1,000th birth anniversary of Sri Ramanuja. The work involving deepening of the tank bed up to a depth of 2 feet and laying fresh bunds on all the four sides of the tank was initiated almost a fortnight ago. The machines and fuel required for desilting, deepening and building fresh bunds were hired with contributions from philanthropists.
This is not the first such ancient water body project taken up by the EFI, which promotes a community-based conservation model that focuses on involving the general public in the revival tasks. The organisation has taken up the task of reviving several ponds and lakes in the Kancheepuram district after obtaining due permission from the revenue divisional authorities of the concerned areas. The Ngo started with its conservation work in the district way back in 2007 and has so far been able to revive about more than a dozen ponds and 6 lakes. To create a planet where the environment is not only taken care of but loved. To create a world that allows all life forms not just to survive, but thrive. It allows concerned citizens to volunteer to solve environmental issues faced in India. The organisation allows volunteers from across the globe in all age groups to stay at their volunteer home in Chennai at nominal prices and participate in their projects.