It has been five years since the Metro Water Board identified 337 sewage outfalls along three rivers of Adyar, Cooum and Buckingham Canal, but negligible progress has been made to plug these. An RTI filed by Express reveals that since 2014, no efforts have been carried out to identify and enumerate new outfalls across the city.
In a reply to the RTI received on December 24, 2018, the board said that only 121 outfalls have been plugged since 2014. Data provided by the board showed that there are 49 outfalls along Adyar River, 183 along Buckingham Canal and 105 at Cooum River Basin. But, these were identified nearly five years ago and data regarding new outfalls in the city’s expanded areas has not been collected till now. As long as existing outfalls aren’t terminated and new ones aren’t identified, government’s effort to clean up these rivers will remain redundant, said experts.
There are different types of outfalls. In some cases, residents who lack underground sewage connections, illegally dispose of their waste through stormwater drains into these rivers. And in the other cases, it is alleged that raw sewage is let into water bodies directly from Metro Water’s pumping stations due to the lack of sufficient capacity. ....Read more
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