Is Chennai ready for the monsoon?
A short spell this week brought much cheer to the people of Chennai, but near immediate reports of water stagnation and potholes on many roads, raises this important question – Is Chennai ready for the monsoon? A funds crunch has delayed the consturction of storm water drains under the Integrated Storm Water Drain (ISWD) project, by over 12 months, and last week, the state’s request from funding was rejected by the Central government. ISWD was mooted by the former CM J Jayalalithaa in 2014 to reduce the impact of floods. Estimated to cost `4,034 crore, the project was to cover Kosasthalaiyar, Adyar, Cooum and Kovalam basins.
Chennai may need to brace itself for floods again!
Chennai’s first Future ready street
Gandhinagar in Adyar will soon have a street that is friendly for pedestrains, cycllng enthusiasts and the differently abled. The neighbourhood has bagged a €200,000 (₹1.6 crore) grant from Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), an NGO in Germany for street design improvement, to be executed by GCC. The pilot project intends to develop 1.2km of interior roads in Gandhi Nagar besides improving last-mile connectivity with the Kasturba Nagar and Kotturpuram MRTS railway stations.
Could Retteri lake become a new water reservoir for Chennai?
The Government is planning to study the feasibility of setting up an on-site water treatment plant, which will make Retteri lake the fifth reservoir for Chennai.
While making this announcement in the state assembly, the municipal administration minister said Chennai Metrowater board could draw up to four million litres of water from the lake daily to augment the city’s drinking water supply. The lake is a rain-fed water body spread over more than 1,000 acres, but uncontrolled flow of sewage has caused water contamination.
15 cyber crimes a day in city, says CoP
A one day workshop was conducted jointly by the Greater Chennai Police and Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA), to create awareness about the emergence of new age cyber crimes. Commissioner of Police A K Viswanathan shared that as many as 15 cases relating to cyber crimes get reported every day in the city.
He said the workshop was aimed at empowering police personnel and the general public. “Prevention is the best option when it comes to cyber crimes. Increased awareness among the public will make even our job easier,”
www.infosecawareness.in, a dedicated website that will provide information about security awareness was also released. 1800 425 6235 – a toll-free number has been set up for the public to get information on any security issue.
ICF Quarters show the way in Waste Management!
The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Perambur launched its integrated solid waste management facility in January to handle the waste of its staff quarters. The facility handles the waste of the four residential colonies, which are spread out in the industrial complex and house around 3500 families. The conservancy workers make sure that every bit of waste is collected and taken to the facility.
The worker-to-garbage ratio is one of the key reasons behind the green campus initiative where upto 90 % of the domestic waste is either recycled or composted. Only 10 % reaches the Corporation’s landfill at Kodungaiyur.