Dayanidhi Maran won from the Central Chennai constituency for the third time. The former cabinet minister defeated rivals from PMK and MNM, assuring voters of bringing in new jobs and solving the water crisis.
The Nemmeli desalination plant is one of the key sources of water for the city. The fisherfolk of the Sulerikatukuppam village have, however, seen the other side of it, as they find their lives and livelihood ruined by its presence.
Several conflicts have arisen as land acquisition for Phase 2 of Chennai Metro gets underway. Residences, shops and even a school that could become ‘collateral damage’ in the exercise have raised their voices against the move. Will their interests be considered?
Rock crushing and m-sand units operating in the open and trucks ferrying gravel cause serious pollution and health risks in the Tirusulam area; yet they are also a source of livelihood for residents who often hold their peace for that reason.