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Villivakkam lake restored by Integral Coach Factory


Integral Coach Factory restores lake opposite to its manufacturing unit in Perambur.

Product or concept

The company is making use of multiple processes and technologies to ensure the quality of water in the lake is restored.

Problem being solved

  • Cutting off the sources of water pollution to the lake.
  • To restore the biological ecosystem of the lake.

Process or technology involved

The restoration of the lake is being done using eco-friendly techniques such as:

  • Raising filters and sand barriers
  • Removal of sludge and water recycling. Employing latest technologies to improve water quality.
  • Blocking inflow of sullied water from unauthorised drains.

Sustainability benefits

  • Restores the quality of water.
  • Improves the groundwater table of nearby areas.

User segments that will benefit

  • Nearby Residential Complexes
  • Employees of ICF

People or organizations involved

Co. Integral Coach factory

People S. Mani (General Manager)

Innovations or USPs

  • They have employed use of microalgal fuel cells to remove any effluents from the lake and also produce electricity simultaneously.
  • Fresh small fish, which consume algae, were let into the water to help improve the aquatic life of the lake.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Scientific Lake Restoration
  • Water Conservation
  • Biotechnology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Other interesting highlights

Thick vegetation and dead trees on the banks were removed, dried, crushed – and used as compost.

Manufacturing/Assembling unit located at:



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Topics Water Pollution

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Chennai: Lake at Integral Coach Factory gets new lease of life : The article explains the different eco-friendly methods being applied to restore the lake at Integral Coach Factory's premises.

Rail factory goes green, to restore lake in Villivakkam : The article focuses on the other eco-friendly initiatives taken by Integral Coach Factory to sustain the lake's surroundings.

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Integral Coach Factory - Lake Park : One can visit the lake and the park surrounding the same present in Ayanavaram in Chennai.

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Mr.R Suthanthararajan : The Environmental Science and Engineering Department at CSIR - Central Leather Research Institute specialises in wastewater treatment technology and water management strategies. For more information regarding this, you can contact Mr.R Suthanthararajan, Department Head, through the details given on their website.

Dr. Jayshree Vencatesan : She specialises in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecological restoration, with a special interest in wetlands.

Environmentalist Foundation of India : The organization’s principal focus has been on adopting, scientifically reviving and ecologically restoring freshwater lakes and ponds across the country. They have restored 89 lakes till date since 2007.

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