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.

9 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 11:57 am

    Given that the budget is 4 Crore, i think that the scope of the clean up effort is a bit of an exaggeration.

    But i hope for the best

  2. Bhadri (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    This is a good move towards making Chennai a sustainable city for a liveable future. If there is enough passion in this work, it is possible. We can just hope for the best.

  3. Vivek (unregistered) on September 15th, 2007 @ 1:55 am

    Out of 4 crore, ONLY 4 lacs will will be used for the actual cleaning purpose, the balance all will goto PWD minister, local minister, city mayor, commistioner, panchayats presidents, and the misc people involved. In 1990, JJ allocated 500 crores for ‘Singara Chennai’. Come on guys wake up. Things never get done in India.

  4. David (unregistered) on September 15th, 2007 @ 3:32 am

    Whew !! now thats good to hear.. looks like chennai is in for some serious rain this time..
    bangalore is sadly flooding faster than ever…

    Happy weekend everyone


  5. suppamani (unregistered) on September 15th, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    Whether the water would flow in these waterways or not, the money is flowing like water now; now it is raining in the forest of the concrned people;

  6. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 15th, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

    Between each monsoon, the headlines come: Preparations underway to prevent flooding next monsoon.

    And then the monsoon happens. And the floods come.

    And the rivers and canals continue to stink.

    If it is actually done as they say, then that will be really wonderful. But let us not celebrate it until afterwards.

    And even then, they have to maintain it, year by year, month by month, day by day.

  7. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 15th, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    …and that is the thing they never do.

    So even if there is a big clear up it will be just as bad a year later.

    This is my pessimism. I would be so happy to be proved wrong :)

  8. ram (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 6:02 am

    Singara Chennai that is one hell of a joke they will never achieve this.

  9. ag (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    cleaning has never been a problem. it is the matter of educating the public to keep it this way which is more difficult!

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