The waterproofing of the bottom on the Bolshoe Lebyazhoe Lake is completed by 70%, on the Svetloe – by 20%
Photo by Marat Muginov
(KZN.RU, August 8, Alsu Safina). The covering the bottom of
the Bolshoe Lebyazhie Lake with a waterproofing shield has been executed by 70%
for today. Similar works on the Svetloe Lake have been completed by 20%.
Filling the waterproofing shield with a 50-centimeter layer of sand is carrying
out at the same time, on which the stored silt layer will then be laid. Ilsur
Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, inspected the eco-rehabilitation of the Lebyazhie
lakes system today.
Now, 18 units of equipment are working on lakes: excavators,
bulldozers, rollers, and KamAZ trucks. “The work goes according to the plan. At
this rate, we will see water surface here in November”, commented I. Metshin.
He drew attention to the fact that this is only the first stage of work. There
is still a lot to do to improve the adjacent territory: the arrangement of
tracks, the organization of access roads and ski tracks. “Nevertheless, the
heart of the object is the lake. We are already finishing and will begin to
fill it with water in August-September”, said the head of the city.
The Mayor of Kazan along with Igor Kulyazhev, the chairman
of the Committee for External Improvement, and Natalia Fishman, an assistant to
the President of the RT, discussed the issues of lighting the adjacent
territory and the organization of ski tracks during the working visit.
Igor Kulyazhev told the Mayor that the weather had made
adjustments to the work of contractors. Water accumulated on the bottom of the
Bolshoe Lake after heavy rains and it had to be pumped out. In addition, welding
work cannot be carried out in rainy weather.
Preparation of the pumping station is carrying out on site
at the moment. “It is important that once the bottom is prepared, we can turn
on the pump and start filling the lakes with water”, said Igor Kulyazhev. “We
need to approach these points simultaneously”.
The Mayor expressed the opinion that large-scale works on
eco-rehabilitation of the Lebyazhie lakes system, which were started this year
under the leadership of Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of Tatarstan, is a
great gift for the city residents. All activities are coordinated with
ecologists. They will allow restoring a unique natural site, increasing the
water surface of lakes from 4.2 hectares to 36 hectares, and improving the
overall ecological situation.
The bottom deepening of the Svetloe and the Bolshoe with a
total area of 272 thousand square meters and its waterproofing, so that the
lakes do not dry up, are carried out as part of a large-scale project on
eco-rehabilitation of the lakes system. The installation of a 3-layer
waterproofing shield began on the Bolshoe in June.
The water will be launched from the Izumrudnoe Lake (it
connects with the Kuibyshev reservoir by groundwater) by the water pipeline to
the Svetloe Lake. The Lakes Svetloe, the Bolshoe, and Maloe Lebyazhie are
connected by ducts, so the water will fill the entire territory. Currently,
only Maloe Lebyazhie is filled with water out of the 4 lakes (Maloe, Bolshoe,
Svetloem, and Suhoe).