Restoration of Adyar and Cooum Rivers Part 5

     We filed 10 complaints and 7 RTIs to various departments concerning the maintenance and monitoring of the river. And as expected, the RTIs were not answered in 30 days. But the authorities played football with our RTIs forwarding them indefinitely to other departments, other officials, trying to evade from our sharp questions, ignoring their responsibility of providing the right information. Few applications are dragged to more than a year, when we appealed to Tamil Nadu Information Commission and only after their strict order, we received the Information.
     Below is an infograph that summarizes all the correspondences happened between us and the departments. Click on it to open in a new page:
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ACR Timeline 1 InfoGraph

Few nuggets of useful Information obtained in this half year long battle:

  1. Biometric survey is in process. Once done, eviction of encroachments will be taken up – Corporation of Chennai
    • 6 Catamarans to spray mosquito larvicide oil after removing Hyacinth plants
    • Fogging operations done to reduce mosquito population
    • 1941 mosquito complaints received in 2012-2013
    • Separate team at zonal level to attend mosquito complaints – Corporation of Chennai
  2. 105 sewage outfalls in Cooum river and 49 sewage outfalls in Adyar river were identified. Work being carried over to fix those outfalls – MAWS
  3. 126.51 Lakhs spent in the year 2012 – 2013 to renunciate a small part of 58 Acres in Adyar river – MAWS
    • PWD responsible for maintenance and monitoring of Adyar and Cooum rivers.
    • TNPCB ensures no industrial outfalls
    • Local bodies to take care of residential and commercial outfalls
    • No complaints received on pollution in Adyar and Cooum riversTNPCB
  4. The Government of Tamilnadu along with the Government of India formulated the Chennai City Rivers Conservation Project at an estimated cost of Rs. 1200 crores, with an objective to prevent sewage entering into the City waterways and also keep them clean on sustainable basis. CMWSSB is the implementing agency for the strengthening and expansion capacity of the sewerage system in Chennai City under the CCRCP. – CMWSSB
  5. 6 lakhs spent on removal of blockages in waterways, jungle clearance, removal of encroachments, etc., – PWD

and A Big Fat Lie by CMWSSB:

  • Sewage discharged into Adyar and Cooum rivers after treatment as per Pollution Control Board norms. Untreated sewage not let into Adyar and Cooum riversSuperintending Engineer (C) V, CMWSSB

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