Yes! Yes! Keep on Piling Chennai’s Chest

Last Month we reported the story of Murky pools and disastrous stench of Madipakkam. The situation is getting worse as rain occurs. Corrupt politicians who allows the builders to construct apartment jungles on the river bed are not aware about the issues faced by the residents of those apartments.

Just the thought of rains make the people living in madipakkam shudder. There is no proper drainage facility and the roads are dug all over with trenches. Developers keep piling Chennai’s Chest and nature took revenge on the residents of the area.

Just a mild two hours of rain is enough to make the area literally un commutable . The water floods on the roads which makes it a messy slushy brown pool of water with clayey slushy ares which is slipper and people are in danger of slipping and falling. To make matters worse the drainage to overflows on the road. Making it a total messy and stinky nightmare, sometimes the stench is so unbearable that it suffocates the persons around.

The problem of stagnating sewage, if not addressed quickly is a potential health hazard, the murky pool of slush and stench makes the life at Madipakkam much more worse.

Forget the roads the people on ground floor even have water and sewage seeping into their houses and have to come out in the rains in middle of night to dig trenches to drain out the water from their houses, and at times have to spend a couple of days in their neighbors houses who live in upper floors. It’s a pity how people are trapped into living in such inhuman conditions.

One of the Residents in the Area, Harleen Kaur says,

“This is the view from my window the morning after a mild shower of rain wondering how to cross that filthy mess and go to office. I had to finally put up to walking through all that filth and slush, almost risking slipping once or twice before i could get in my car to go to office. And the drive to get out to the main road was another nightmare as the roads were full of water i did not know when I could go into a trench dug up on the roads. It is a very scary and risky experience driving on the roads”

Another resident Ananthkumar says,

“ I am Ananthkumar, residing in plot no.523, Sivaraman street, Ramnagar north extension, Madipakkam, Chennai 91. Even for a small rain, the entire area gets inundated and the attached sample photos are a proof.

After Madipakkam can under corporation of Chennai, we had a great relief thinking the septic tanks would be gone and sewerage connections will be put. But much to my shock, the work just started and left half way.

I really would be thankful if the concerned authority takes steps and solve our problem to lead life smoothly”

Can they escape? Nope! They bought their homes not aware about the threats awaiting them but who’d buy their homes if they want to relocate to a different area, None!! To be frank they’re hostages, they cannot go anywhere else!

Lake inlets are water bodies, lake beds traditionally called as Eri Ulvoi are lake inlets collects flood/storm/rain water channelizes it into lake/tank. In past these inlets are not maintained properly by PWD, WRD due to urbanization, local bodies polluted these lake inlets letting sewer, black water discharges into lake inlets directly.

Pollution Control Board, CMDA, PWD should take steps, actions, measures to restore these lake inlets to its original size, shape, capacity. The government should construct box type concrete RCC channels in lake inlets with culverts to ensure free flow of water.

Blocking of lake inlets will result in flooding in residential areas, damages to road infrastructures, public, private properties, causes environmental decay, environmental stigma to surrounding area, lake, irreparable damage to nature, hardships to residence, senior citizens, school students etc.

This in the picture is madipakkam, ram nagar, sivaraman street and the flat is raj enclave. Believe me this is not at all an isolated instance, there are hundreds of families in the same area living under the worst conditions. Madipakkam is not alone, there are so many areas in Chennai under the threat of greedy builders and corrupt politicians.

Chennai is blessed with so many aeri or lakes, these lakes are the best sources of abundant natural water. Builders and developers of Chennai gets permission from the authorities either by fooling them or bribing them but the end result is disaster not only to the humans but also several rare species of birds and animals.

Chennai’s Lakes are home to a wide range of rare birds, On my way to the office from Ambattur to Velachery I usually spot more than ten different kinds of birds in these lakes which includes large flocks of Flamingos. Herons, Pelicans, Egrets. I don’t know the names of all those birds I see everyday but those birds can only be spotted in a Zoo these days.

Development is okay, but it must cool! It must preserve the nature before building concrete jungles, it must co-exist with the nature and its inhabitants. Development must not mess with nature and its inhabitants. Strict ruling on construction and development must be passed to ensure that nature is preserved at any cost.

Last Month we reported the story of Murky pools and disastrous stench of Madipakkam. The situation is getting worse as rain occurs. Corrupt politicians who allows the builders to construct apartment jungles on the river bed are not aware about the issues faced by the residents of those apartments.

Just the thought of rains make the people living in madipakkam shudder. There is no proper drainage facility and the roads are dug all over with trenches. Developers keep piling Chennai’s Chest and nature took revenge on the residents of the area.

The problem of stagnating sewage, if not addressed quickly is a potential health hazard, the murky pool of slush and stench makes the life at Madipakkam much more worse.

Forget the roads the people on ground floor even have water and sewage seeping into their houses and have to come out in the rains in middle of night to dig trenches to drain out the water from their houses, and at times have to spend a couple of days in their neighbors houses who live in upper floors. It’s a pity how people are trapped into living in such inhuman conditions.

One of the Residents in the Area, Harleen Kaur says,

“This is the view from my window the morning after a mild shower of rain wondering how to cross that filthy mess and go to office. I had to finally put up to walking through all that filth and slush, almost risking slipping once or twice before i could get in my car to go to office. And the drive to get out to the main road was another nightmare as the roads were full of water i did not know when I could go into a trench dug up on the roads. It is a very scary and risky experience driving on the roads”

“Just a mild two hours of rain is enough to make the area literally un commutable . The water floods on the roads which makes it a messy slushy brown pool of water with clayey slushy ares which is slipper and people are in danger of slipping and falling. To make matters worse the drainage to overflows on the road. Making it a total messy and stinky nightmare, sometimes the stench is so unbearable that it suffocates the persons around”

Another resident Ananthkumar says,

“ I am Ananthkumar, residing in plot no.523, Sivaraman street, Ramnagar north extension, Madipakkam, Chennai 91. Even for a small rain, the entire area gets inundated and the attached sample photos are a proof.

After Madipakkam can under corporation of Chennai, we had a great relief thinking the septic tanks would be gone and sewerage connections will be put. But much to my shock, the work just started and left half way.

I really would be thankful if the concerned authority takes steps and solve our problem to lead life smoothly”

Can they escape? Nope! They bought their homes not aware about the threats awaiting them but who’d buy their homes if they want to relocate to a different area, None!! To be frank they’re hostages, they cannot go anywhere else!

Lake inlets are water bodies, lake beds traditionally called as Eri Ulvoi are lake inlets collects flood/storm/rain water channelizes it into lake/tank. In past these inlets are not maintained properly by PWD, WRD due to urbanization, local bodies polluted these lake inlets letting sewer, black water discharges into lake inlets directly.

Pollution Control Board, CMDA, PWD should take steps, actions, measures to restore these lake inlets to its original size, shape, capacity. The government should construct box type concrete RCC channels in lake inlets with culverts to ensure free flow of water.

Blocking of lake inlets will result in flooding in residential areas, damages to road infrastructures, public, private properties, causes environmental decay, environmental stigma to surrounding area, lake, irreparable damage to nature, hardships to residence, senior citizens, school students etc.

This in the picture is madipakkam, ram nagar, sivaraman street and the flat is raj enclave. Believe me this is not at all an isolated instance, there are hundreds of families in the same area living under the worst conditions. Madipakkam is not alone, there are so many areas in Chennai under the threat of greedy builders and corrupt politicians.

Chennai is blessed with so many aeri or lakes, these lakes are the best sources of abundant natural water. Builders and developers of Chennai gets permission from the authorities either by fooling them or bribing them but the end result is disaster not only to the humans but also several rare species of birds and animals.

Chennai Lake : Birds

Chennai’s Lakes are home to a wide range of rare birds, On my way to the office from Ambattur to Velachery I usually spot more than ten different kinds of birds in these lakes which includes large flocks of Flamingos. Herons, Pelicans, Egrets. I don’t know the names of all those birds I see everyday but those birds can only be spotted in a Zoo these days.

Development is okay, but it must cool! It must preserve the nature before building concrete jungles, before drilling the Chennai’s chest with merciless piling machines, it must co-exist with the nature and its inhabitants. Development must not mess with nature and its inhabitants. Strict ruling on construction and development must be passed to ensure that nature is preserved at any cost.

Athul

Thanks Harleen Kaur and Ananthkumar


Originally published at chennaionline.com.