Monitoring how local factors and city-level development and practices affect Chennai’s environment (air and water quality, pollution, water bodies, tree cover etc) and citizen engagement in the issue.
After spending large amount of government money over many years, there is a glimmer of hope of restoration for the Adyar river in Chennai. There is some recovery of species in the Adyar estuary and creek, the point at which the river flows into the sea. But there is much to be done to clean the rivers and waterways flowing through Chennai.
From 13,500 acres in 1972, the Pallikaranai marshland has shrunk to a mere 1,500 acres due to rampant encroachment and continuous dumping of municipal waste. While the Corporation plans to biomine the area to restore the wetland, citizen activists are pinning hopes on Ramsar recognition for the site.