Members of the public can now visit the Adyar Eco Park on Saturdays also, apart from Tuesdays and Thursdays. School and college students can continue visiting the park from Monday to Friday .
In the last two and half years, nearly 60,000 people, including college students and students from 769 schools, visited the park, said an official of the Chennai River Restoration Trust (CRRT) that manages the facility .
Taking into consideration the fragile nature of the park, the authority has restricted the number of visitors to 60 a day .
The portion of the Adyar creek where the 58-acre park now stands, teeming with bird, animal and plant life, was once a stinking hellhole, turned that way by tonnes of raw sewage flowing in.
A three-phased restoration was taken up 10 years ago and the park was thrown open to visitors in July 2014.
Beginning from near the Chettinad palace, it extends north into the mainland and takes a U-turn near Foresho re Estate and ends near Mandaveli. The surrounding area, originally known as Quibble Island from which the cemetery at Foreshore Estate gets its name, was the scene of the Battle of Adyar in 1746.
The park is bound by Greenways Road to the south, Town Planning Scheme Road on the northwest, South Canal Bank Road in the north east and Santhome Causeway bridge to the east.
Before the restoration was taken up, the water spread area in the creek was a mere 5.53% and rose to 59% after the sludge and debris were cleared and inlets bringing in untreated sewage from surrounding areas were plugged, said the CRRT authorities.
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