Work begins on T Nagar pedestrian plaza and Villivakkam lake facelift, while Mylapore wakes up to faulty SWD work, Koyambedu waits for new infrastructure and Chennai waits for Anna Salai to be two way again! A look at the week that went by.
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.
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.
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.
Large stretches of pavement were dug up and young trees uprooted by the GCC between Theosophical Society and Olcott School to make way for bicycle lanes. Citizens put up strong resistance and have forced authorities to rethink the project.
Given the length and nature of the coastline, Marina Beach should have a number of watchtowers, rescue boats and other precautionary measures in place. What it currently has is just an ill-equipped police patrol and occasionally, fishermen volunteering as lifeguards.