Tamil Nadu’s draft Coastal Draft Management Plan does not specify a hazard line, causing confusion and concern among local communities about their future. They say the plan violates the Centre’s CRZ Notification 2011, and must be amended.
Its inclusion in PDS supplies had made the nutritious and protein-rich Urad Dhal easily accessible to the urban poor. Its withdrawal over the last year has meant a forced change of food habits among many. Is the National Food Security Act to blame?
In a school that was struggling with absenteeism and lack of focus and self esteem among students, HM Maheswari Kalpana and her team reach out of parents to help their children come to school and improve their performance. She and her team aspire to make all these children leaders in society.
A total of 1269 children were rescued in Chennai Central and Egmore railway stations; close monitoring of these train stations would help in preventing incidence of trafficking and faster support for victims.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toilets by the shore, illegal sewage pipes draining into stormwater drains, debris dumped secretly — A citizen journalist’s trip to the Vannankuttai in GKM Colony reveals the sordid tale of how Chennai is losing its precious waterbodies.
Don’t cry, even though the systematic destruction of Chennai’s lakes, rivers and waterbodies by the steady inflow of sewage is something that would stir every thinking citizen’s heart. A poignant photo-essay by two citizen photographers.
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.