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.,
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…
- 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)
- 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)
- Sending a complaint to concerned departments with the photos, requesting them to clean up the river and to properly maintain it (February, 2013)
- Online petition @ Change.org, that will send a mail to the concerned authorities when each and every person signs it (External Link)
- Following up on the RTI Applications (with Infographic) filed in Step 2. (February, 2013 to July, 2014)
- Filing RTI applications to enquire on the status of the complaints which was filed on February 2013. (August, 2013 to December, 2013)
Yet to Decide, Possible ideas:
- Filing Case against CMWSSB / CoC / PWD in National Green Tribunal to stop letting sewage water into the river.
- Closely followup on any River cleanup projects to be announced by government with RTI and unravel any misuse of Public Money.
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