Restoration of Adyar and Cooum Rivers – Main 21

Adyar and Cooum rivers (Chennai, India) were once the symbol of our glory and the backbone of our waterways, but now they have been turned into a symbol of disgrace with exceeding amount of untreated toxic sewage and human waste getting stagnated in river and causing mosquito menace, which leads to spread of vector borne diseases. Clearly, our Lack of vision and Improper Governance have led to the dramatic downfall of these two iconic rivers that once gave our city its flavour. The major problems faced by our rivers are pollution, encroachment, water stagnation, etc.,

Adyar and Cooum River

Over 700 untreated sewage outlets are identified by the govt itself, but no action is taken

With the intent of bringing some positive change to our Adyar and Cooum rivers, we decided to move legally via RTI and Complaints…

Phase 1

  1. Our first step is to document evidences of poor state of Adyar and Cooum rivers and in this regard we snapped 240 photos, depicting the poor status of the rivers. (January, 2013)
  2. Filing a series of RTI Application enquiring the Name / Designation of authorities responsible for clean maintenance of rivers, Budget allocated by government for the river’s maintenance, Inspection reports, status of Pumping Station / Treatment Plants, etc., (February, 2013)
  3. Sending a complaint to concerned departments with the photos, requesting them to clean up the river and to properly maintain it (February, 2013)
  4. Online petition @, that will send a mail to the concerned authorities when each and every person signs it (External Link)
  5. Following up on the RTI Applications (with Infographic) filed in Step 2. (February, 2013 to July, 2014)

Phase 2

  1. Filing RTI applications to enquire on the status of the complaints which was filed on February 2013. (August, 2013 to December, 2013)

Phase 3

Yet to Decide, Possible ideas:

  1. Filing Case against CMWSSB / CoC / PWD in National Green Tribunal to stop letting sewage water into the river.
  2. Closely followup on any River cleanup projects to be announced by government with RTI and unravel any misuse of Public Money.

Phase 4

(should not be required)


Adyar river Photos Cooum river Photos

21 thoughts on “Restoration of Adyar and Cooum Rivers – Main

  1. Reply Viswaa Feb 18,2013 9:41 am

    Keep up the good work!
    Hope this acts like a wake up call for the sleeping government.

  2. Reply Anandh J Oct 12,2013 2:36 pm

    Great work.

  3. Reply vasanth Oct 12,2013 3:29 pm

    Excellent work, guys!! I appreciate your hard work and dedication. I am willing to support in any way I can. Namba chennai singara chennai ah maaranum!!

  4. Reply Shankar Oct 15,2013 3:40 am

    I am in for supporting in anyway i can. I hereby file an informal “RTI” about the charges for hosting and i will help a little from my side 🙂

  5. Reply Ranjith Chevanan Oct 17,2013 1:26 pm

    Hi guys,

    Please let me know of any kind of support you require from me. I will be more than happy to help you.

  6. Reply Girish Oct 17,2013 6:55 pm

    Great work guys. I truly believe this issue requires greater publicity in order to gain momentum.

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  8. Reply James Jan 28,2014 8:10 am

    Its been a year since the project of following up the cleaning project was started,and we have not seen any appreciable work in this matter.It only shows how strong and datermined our Govts and administration are towards not implementing the work and not get it cleaned at all.The work done in follow up has been very commendable no doubt,but to get the babus to get up from their chair and get to do work is truly an uphill task.I really wonder where we will end up in about 50 years from now??Now that the population is reaching obscene levels in the city,our resources are getting either polluted or neglected and our govts atre becoming more and more corrupted.

    • Reply saiy2k Feb 23,2014 9:58 pm

      True words James.. That is why we should unite and fight against every injustice to give a safer, cleaner, secure world to our descendants…

  9. Reply Priyavarshini Aug 28,2014 3:51 pm

    It is not only the government, which should take necessary action but the people should have civic sense and let us take pains in not littering the place. To clean up a good plan, money and men are needed but to maintain good mind and love for greenery and cleanliness is needed. So, let us not only help the government in cleaning up the rivers but help them maintain it so that our money is not spent again and again on the same work

  10. Reply pandi Sep 18,2014 5:21 pm

    immediate implementing is wanted

  11. Reply pandi Sep 18,2014 5:23 pm

    It is our response to implement it immediately.

  12. Reply Prasanna Mar 20,2015 12:45 am

    What should a public people like us can help you in doing this restoration work. We too like to take part in this work.

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  14. Reply Ajmeer khan Dec 22,2019 10:20 pm

    I want help how to compaint koovam river polution department

  15. Reply Ajmeer khan Dec 22,2019 10:21 pm

    My home is Choolaimedu my house backside koovamriver going with full chemicals

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