In & Around Chennai: Neglected Chetpet Lake transforms into Chetpet Eco Park – Places to Visit | Tourist Attractions
Chetpet Lake, only remaining water body in Chennai’s core area turns a new leaf. With restoration efforts from local communities and the state government, the renovated lake opened to public from February 2016.. Located north from the Chetpet Railway station and adjacent to Ega theater, the overall lake area covers 15 acres with the lake spreading upto 9 acres. The lake is maintained by the Department of Fisheries, Tamil Nadu Government.
Rechristened ‘Chetpet Eco Park’, the area comprises of the lake surrounded by an Eco-park and a dedicated area for professional angling (fishing). The Eco-park consists of a footpath with plenty of benches along the sides, a play area for kids, a refreshment corner and restroom. An entrance fee of Rs 25 is charged for adults whereas children are charged Rs 10. The area has a dedicated parking zone for two and four Wheeler.
A typical boat ride for 30 minutes costs Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children. The Park is open to public from 9 A.M to 6 P.M on all days except Tuesday. A dedicated zone for walkers and joggers is open from 4.30 A.M to 8.30 A.M in the morning and 5 P.M – 7 P.M in the evening. The park charges a membership fee of Rs 200/month, Rs1000/6 months and Rs 2000/year.
|Location||Next to Chetpet Railway Station, Adjacent to Ega Theatre|
|Visiting Days||Wednesday – Monday|
|Timings||9 A.M – 6 P.M|
|Entrance Fees||Rs 25/Adult & Rs 10/Child|
|Boating||Rs 50/Adult & Rs 25/Child (Ride Time – 30 Mins)|
|Walkers & Joggers Membership||Rs 200/Month, Rs 2000/Year|
|Walkers – Timing||4.30 A.M – 8.30 A.M (Morning)
5 P.M – 7 P.M (Evening)
The lake 18-feet deep and is a freshwater source. It houses fish varieties such as like Mrigal, Rohu and Catla. Assisted by professional fishers, visitors are allowed to catch fish for a fee of Rs 300 with captured fishes costing Rs 300/kilogram. The Lake was a major point of fishing during the 1940’s before turning into a dumping body of untreated sewerage and industrial effluents during the 2000’s.
Previous restoration plans of the lake met without success until the 2013-state government’s initiative. The plan was to develop the overall area into an Eco-park with facilities for boating, angling, open-air auditorium, walking zone and kids’ area. Work started during June 2014 with complete restoration of the lake done by early 2016.