Chennai’s waterways to get cleaner
The Public Work’s Department (PWD) has been given the responsibility of cleaning up the city’s waterways before the onset of the monsoon with a budget of Rs 4 crores. This being done as part of the effort to ensure proper drainage of the rain water to prevent flooding. The PWD is all set to repair the Otteri Nullah and the Virugambakkam- Arumbakkam canal, as well as de-silt and remove obstructions in the canal carrying the outflow from the Ambattur lake. The department will also de-silt and remove garbage and vegetation from the entire stretch of the Buckingham Canal’s course as it flows through the city and clan up the Kodungaiyur Canal. The city’s various lakes are also in for a clean up with Veerangal lake, Porur lake and its outflow canal slated for a make over. And finally, the pallikaranai marsh will be cleaned up with the removal of garbage, weeds and vegetation from Velachery lake up to Okkiyam Thoraipakkam. Now if only they could keep it that way, starting with ceasing the dumping of garbage in the Pallikaranai Marsh by the Chennai Corporation.