With warnings of a water-scarce, severe summer, threats from air and sound pollution, and holes in safety infrastructure, headlines this week do not contain much cause for cheer. A quick look at some news.
The CMDA proposes to increase metropolitan area from 1,189 sq.km to a whopping 8,878 sq.km, making Chennai the largest urban region in the country after Delhi-NCR. Citizens, however, find little cheer in that and here’s why.
Any inclusive dialogue at a city level requires public spaces that make participation possible and fun. The success of Kuppai Thiruvizha, that sought to create public awareness on issues of waste management in Chennai, brought a few such spaces into focus.
Many of Chennai’s 1350 anganwadis under the ICDS scheme are clean, well-equipped with teaching aids, toys and run by dedicated teachers who take a holistic view of the needs of a toddler. Here’s a sneak peek into a few such centres.
Unlike regular medical facilities, palliative caregivers or hospice centres focus on the social, psychological, financial and emotional needs of a patient, adding both relief and dignity to the life of the sufferer.
Once, cities could not do without them. Today, with branded showrooms mushrooming and the ubiquitous mobile phone replacing watches, it is only their passion that keeps a few watch repairmen at their trade.
The cancellation of Chennai as an IPL venue this year, black flags for PM Modi, environmentalists crying foul — discontent is written large across Chennai as we take a quick recap of the week’s most significant news.
Renovation or beautification of parks finds routine mention in Corporation budgets. These photos of ill-maintained surroundings and dangerously damaged play equipment however cry out, how were the funds used?
At the Sakkadai Thiruvizha organised by Arappor Iyakkam, officials from Chennai Corporation, PWD and CMWSSB met citizens from various neighbourhoods, who raised important questions on sewage and pollution of the city’s water bodies.
He has successfully campaigned against a TASMAC shop in Kancheepuram. He has ensured that two sexually abused children get their cases heard. He has even joined a lake clean-up. And he’s all of 8 years! Meet Aakaash, who can give us all a lesson or two in social responsibility.
What was the city talking about this week? The Cauvery tribunal or the dilution in coastal zone regulation? Or was it the new drones from GCC? If you’ve missed any of it, never mind. Here’s the weekly news in a nutshell.