Why is the Buckingham Canal so critical for Chennai’s ecosystem? Can it be revived from its present sorry state to serve a new purpose for the city and its residents? Bhavani Prabhakar interviews a research team exploring these issues and more.
A lake that once spanned 83.89 acre is now just 33.95 acre, thanks to rampant encroachment. Added to that is the problem of dumping and contamination. Bhavani Prabhakar presents a stark look at the state of Chitlapakkam Lake today.
Chennai has rarely seen mass mobilisations of this scale in recent times, but why were Chennaiites spontaneously protesting the ban on Jallikattu, which is largely a rural sport? Citizen Matters speaks to a few protesters from the city.
Close to a month since tropical cyclone Vardah threw Chennai off its rails, the city administration still appears to be grappling with the management of the mammoth quantities of waste that it generated.
Iswarya V, a PhD scholar at the Madras Christian College, has launched a petition on Change.org arguing for an immediate stop to the glorification of stalking by the hero in Tamil films. Bhavani A P in a candid chat with the petitioner:
While the Chennai city council stands dissolved, a recent order of the Madras High Court has delayed elections to the municipal body; how do citizens feel about this as they brace themselves for the rains?