Groundwater levels around the city have dropped to their lowest in years, lakes have shrunk and major reservoirs are running dry: Chennai stares at a parched few months ahead, though rainfall over 2018 was actually higher than in 2016. What explains the present situation?
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.
How will the ongoing pedestrianisation project in T Nagar under the Chennai Smart City mission impact the area and the lives of residents and visitors? Will it address the current concerns shared by citizens and traders? Can it hold lessons for other neighbourhoods?
Historical data shows that the air quality in Chennai hovers between poor and severe not just during festivals such as Bhogi and Diwali, but often on other days as well. Is the TNPCB up to the challenge?
Areas newly inducted into the Chennai Corporation have to pay much higher property tax than those in the older, posh localities, despite pathetic infrastructure. This and other anomalies in the recent revision are raising eyebrows across the city.
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?
The city’s first inclusive park was inaugurated earlier this week. It is tailored to the needs of all children, including those with special needs and disabilities. The vibrant space has seen great reception in a short time.
Pallavaram Municipality’s efforts to embrace door-to-door collection of garbage has proved largely futile, as the civic body did not sensitise citizens and conservancy workers. The result: streets are filled with uncleared garbage.
In a city like Chennai where last mile connectivity is an area of concern, share autos are the cheapest and easiest option and have emerged as the common man’s preferred mode. But complaints abound, and formalisation of services seems to be the only solution.
Reasons for Chennai to rejoice – a small rise in the water table, Corporation draws up plans to use Nirbhaya fund, the Koyambedu market to be regulated, and more news from around the city! Catch up on news from the week that was!