Citizen groups are reclaiming Chennai’s water bodies

Armed with Whatsapp groups and oodles of initiative, these unaffiliated, apolitical groups are binging about change in spades

It used to be a flat, nondescript plot of land, identified only by the nearby temple. But in a span of less than a week, it has become a reservoir, complete with varying levels going down to a depth of nearly 30 feet and a four-feet-high bund around it to keep pollutants at bay. The newly revived temple tank by Gangai Amman Koil in Karukku, Korattur, is one of seven in the city to have been made monsoon-ready by Ambattur Water Bodies Conservation Group, an apolitical collective of Chennai citizens.

Be it lakes, ponds or tanks, reservoir restoration projects are underway in full swing in different neighbourhoods of Chennai, from Velachery and Perambur to Ambattur. A number of these initiatives seem to be purely citizen-led, though they have roped in some NGOs for expertise, and approached the civic administration for supportRead more

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