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    Half of Chennai has no stormwater drains

    Komal Gautham / TNN / Updated: Nov 15, 2021, 07:56 IST


    A civic worker clears a drain near T Nagar

    CHENNAI: Greater Chennai Corporation maintains 33,374 interior roads stretching over 5,525 km and 471 bus route roads over 387 km, but its storm water drain network extends to just 2,058km (1,000km of this came up in the past five years) which is less than 50 per cent.

    Even if the to-be-constructed Kosasthalaiyar basin project is added, it will only be about 2,500km length drains.

    It is true drains can't be laid on interior roads that are narrow, but these roads don't even have rain water harvesting structures or silt pits, inspections showed. The sewage system saves the city during heavy rain, but pipelines and pumping stations are often unable to handle the high quantity of rainwater. Every monsoon, complaints of sewage and water mixed with sewage stagnating emanate from Murugesan Street in Kodambakkam, Mandaveli's Thiruvallupet and Mylapore's Sivasamy Salai among others.

    "Of the 15 lakh houses in the city, only 8 lakh have sewage connections. Which means, rest of the city is letting sewage into storm water drains. In locations where both drains and sewage pipelines are available, the pumping stations stop working due to heavy load," said a corporation engineer.

    During the recent spell of heavy rain, rains worked only in areas where disposal points were closer to water bodies and had the right gradient as in Villivakkam's SIDCO Nagar and Kolathur's GKN Colony.

    Activists and experts say the storm water drain network worked only near the disposal points. Jayaram Venkatesan, convenor of anti-graft organization Arappor Iyakkam, said storm water drains in low-lying areas such as Pulianthope, Demellows Road and Dr Besant Road didn't work. "On Dr Besant Road, 2.5 crore was spent to construct drains. But the water remained stagnant and didn't flow even though Buckingham Canal was just a kilometre away...," he said.

    At Vijaya Nagar in Velachery 13th Main Road is completely filled with sewage after the water has drained. "We are now worried about spread of diseases and mosquito breeding," said one resident. Even in posh Poes Garden, manholes on many streets were opened to drain out excess water.

    A retired Metrowater official said that from 2018 to 2020, water stagnation was minimal because most rainwater was pumped into stations and let into canals. "There needs to be a better solution as pumping stations are designed only for raw sewage and not rainwater."









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      Chennai: Metrowater pumps are working 24/7 to unclog drains

      P Oppili / TNN / Nov 16, 2021, 14:57 IST


      A Metrowater worker at a site in Alandur


      CHENNAI: Metrowater personnel have been working during late-night hours to clear sludge from the clogged underground sewage system. Officials say the work has been under way since the last one week after heavy rain lashed the city.

      C Vijayaraj Kumar, managing director of Metrowater, said the rain brought dust and muck into the underground sewage system, clogging sewer lines and leading to inundation of roads. In some areas, angry residents complained of overflowing manholes.

      Following this, authorities inspected some clogged drain networks, and found sludge mixed with waste materials such as plastic bottles. “If the sludge removing work is taken up during the day, it will result in traffic jams. To avoid this, the work is being undertaken during night,” an official said.

      This is the first time that Metrowater’s sewage pumping stations are working on a 24x7 basis. More than 300 assistant engineers along with 2,000 field staff are involved in removing the sludge from the sewer system. Manholes on 2,876 streets were cleared and desilting was taken up on 6,367 drains. This work will continue for some time, said the official.

      Metrowater is also taking up complaints of mixing of sewage into the water supply lines. Desilting on the sewage carrying pipelines started more than a month ago due to which there were fewer complaints about blockage of sewer lines in the city and in added areas, the official claimed.










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        Chennai: Consent not needed to scrap power of attorney issued by property owners

        The order, however, will not apply to 'power with consideration' agreements containing clauses on monetary transaction between landlords and agents as approval is required from both the parties to declare such PoAs null and void.

        CHENNAI: Power of Attorney (PoA) issued by property owners can be cancelled by them without the consent of power agents, said an order issued by the deputy inspector general of registration, Chennai zone, on Wednesday.

        The clarification comes after complaints were raised about sub-registrar offices (SROs) refusing to accept applications seeking cancellation of PoA over lack of evidence about letters being sent to power agents about cancellation of the PoA.

        The order, which said that sub-registrars should not demand any letter from owners to power agents, said no rule demanded that. The order, however, will not apply to 'power with consideration' agreements containing clauses on monetary transaction between landlords and agents as approval is required from both the parties to declare such PoAs null and void.

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        Registration department officials said the order was not new. The clarification was to address problems faced by people during cancellation of PoA, they said.

        Builders Association of India state secretary S Ramaprabhu said consent of power agent was affecting cancellation of PoA. "Some SROs are demanding a letter (sent through post) or physical presence of the power agent for cancellation. How do you expect to produce the power agent or a letter sent to the agent when the owner wants to cancel the PoA to retrieve the property," he asked.

        PoA is given by owners to agents authorising them to sell the property on their behalf. Several land deals involving promoters through joint ventures for real estate developments are executed through PoA. Mostly PoAs don't record monetary transactions of the deal. "It's always risky. A landlord or power agent could become a victim if any undocumented monetary transaction takes place. So, it is better to go for 'power with consideration' that legally records the monetary transaction," a registration official said. Despite being safe, this is largely ignored by people as it will entail 4% stamp duty on monetary value and a registration fee, the official added.









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          Chennai: Water mixed with sewage sparks scare among residents around Pallavaram

          TNN / Updated: Nov 20, 2021, 08:24 IST


          In most localities in Pallavaram and Chromepet, drinking water pipelines run parallel to sewage lines

          CHENNAI: Residents of a few neighbourhoods in Pallavaram and Chromepet, most of whom get the water supply from the municipality, are a harried lot due to mixing of sewage in sumps after water recedes from streets.

          A few people have fallen sick after consuming the water, while many had to empty and clean their sumps due to a fear of contamination.

          A resident in Patel Street said, "We have a Palar water connection. The water comes mixed with sewage. We cleaned the tanks twice but the problem persists. People have fallen ill. The residents' association has approached the authorities to rectify it."

          Many houses in Nehru Nagar too have suffered the same plight, said V Govindarajan, a resident and social activist. More than 600 to 700 families are there in the neighbourhoods.

          "My family members are not well after consuming the water. The sump was stinking and the water was discoloured when we checked it. The water supply is coming from the municipality and sewage has leaked into it from somewhere. I received many calls from residents about the water contamination," he added.

          V Santhanam, a resident of Chromepet, said that the authorities should stop water supply through pipelines and should supply water through tanker trucks. "They should also caution people about the possibility of water contamination and should spread awareness among people to boil the water before consuming." He also said that sewage pipes have also developed leaks following the floods.









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            Public hearing for expansion of Chennai metropolitan area in Chengalpet on Nov 25

            Chengalpet district collector AR Rahul Nadh said that elected representatives, non-governmental organisations, representatives from commercial and industries sector and general public can participate in the meeting.
            CHENNAI: In a bid to elicit the views of the public over expansion of the Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA), the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) will conduct a public hearing in Chengalpet on Thursday.

            In a press release, Chengalpet district collector AR Rahul Nadh said that elected representatives, non-governmental organisations, representatives from commercial and industries sector and general public can participate in the meeting. The meeting has been scheduled in the Government Chengalpattu Medical College & Hospital auditorium at 3.00 PM on November 25, he added.

            It may be recalled that the state government had declared in the draft notification in 2018 that the unbifurcated Kancheepuram that includes Chengalpet, Tiruvallur district and Arakkonam and Nemili taluks that were part of Vellore district and currently in Ranipet district would be part of the new CMA covering an area of 8,878 sq km. Against this backdrop, the meeting to elicit the public views is organised in Chengalpet.

            The present size of the CMA is 1,189 square kilometres. It covers the entire Chennai district and suburbs in Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, roughly covering about 35 kilometres in all directions from the city.











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              Awfis leases 64,000 sq ft space to WayCool Foods in Bengaluru & Chennai

              The deal was facilitated by CBRE South Asia. Awfis plans to reach 100 centres before the end of 2021.


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                Chennai civic body looks for new fixes for flooding in 6 spots

                Komal Gautham / TNN / Updated: Nov 25, 2021, 09:28 IST



                On Bazullah Road, the GCC has laid 600mm Hume pipes to carry excess rainwater to Mambalam canal.

                CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation has appointed six engineers to come up with solutions to the waterlogging that has plagued G N Chetty Road, Bazullah Road, West Mambalam, Kodambakkam, Pulianthope and Jawahar Nagar in Kolathur.

                On G N Chetty Road for example, taking note of a TOI article (How a drain 'ate' a pipe, on of Wednesday's edition), the civic body has started checking for utilities blocking drains. Another move has been to divert run-off. "Earlier run-off from several interior roads and also from Habibullah Road entered G N Chetty road. Now some of it ll be diverted to Vijayaraghavan Road," said an official.

                On Bazullah Road, the GCC has laid 600mm Hume pipes to carry excess rainwater to Mambalam canal.

                The civic body is also looking at multiple disposal points for drains in such inundated locations as a long term solution. In West Mambalam area, the civic body's engineers found that water even from as far away as Ashok Nagar was being drained into the Mambalam canal. Now, some of that will be diverted to Trustpuram canal.

                Areas such as Subramanian Nagar in Kodambakkam will now not depend on Mambalam canal and Adyar river for draining rainwater. Instead it will be diverted through the Trustpuram canal into the Cooum that didn't overflow in these rains.

                In Jawahar Nagar, the civic body found an old brick canal that was unused for nearly 30 years. "Now, that old drain is being refurbished to carry excess rainwater to reduce the load on the existing drain. We have also found several minor encroachments that were blocking the canal course," said an official.

                On Pulianthope High Road, some statues and construction obstructed the flow of rainwater into the drains. Those have been removed and relocated, said an engineer.

                "We are preparing ourselves for the November 26 rainfall that has been forecast. We will ensure that water is drained quicker and without obstruction. Also, most of these solutions are long term. The engineers just needed some encouragement and they have all set out to implement the solutions," said Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi.










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                  Chennai: Surplus water let out from Poondi reservoir due to the rain

                  P Oppili / TNN / Updated: Nov 29, 2021, 08:37 IST


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                  CHENNAI: With a higher inflow into the Poondi reservoir due to the rain, PWD authorities on Sunday evening released surplus water from the reservoir.

                  A senior PWD engineer said since Sunday afternoon, the inflow to the reservoir increased to 12,232 cubic feet of water per second (cusecs). In the morning, the inflow was around 9,000 cusecs. The inflow of water to the Chembarambakkam reservoir was 5,010 cusecs and the authorities released 3,000 cusecs.

                  In Red Hills reservoir, the inflow was 3,639 cusecs and 1,500 cusecs of surplus water was released from the reservoir. In Cholavaram, the inflow was 2,109 cusecs and the authorities released 1,000 cusecs of surplus water from this reservoir. Similarly, the Veeranam lake in Cuddalore district also received good inflow on Sunday. It stood at 2,836 cusecs of water the authorities discharged the same quantity from it, he said.

                  Among the six reservoirs, Cholavaram received the highest rainfall on Sunday, followed by Poondi reservoir. Seventy-six mm of rain was recorded in Cholavaram, while it was 75 mm in Poondi.

                  The Red Hills reservoir stood third in the list with 66 mm of rainfall. The newly built Kannankottai Thervoykandigai received 53 mm of rain. The Veeranam lake in Cuddalore recorded the lowest rainfall (25.60 mm)among the reservoirs that supply water to Chennai city. It was only 25.60 mm of rainfall there, the official said.

                  The combined storage levels in the six reservoirs that supply water to Chennai city stood at 11,131 mcft as against their full capacity of 13,222 mcft.









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                    Evict all encroachers from land belonging to OTA, says Madras high court

                    TNN / Nov 30, 2021, 08:04 IST

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                    CHENNAI: Noting that nation's security is people's security, the Madras high court has ordered removal of all encroachments on land allotted to Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai. Civil society and the state government are bound to protect defence activities, it said.

                    “The importance and significance of the security of the nation should not be undermined or compromised. Thus, wherever defence lands are under encroachment, then the state is bound to evict the encroachers and hand over the lands to the defence department,” Justice S M Subramaniam said.

                    The court directed the state to conduct a survey and evict all the encroachers in Tulasingapuram and Nandambakkam and evict all those found to be encroaching defence land within eight weeks.

                    The state has also been directed to provide alternate accommodation to the encroachers by allotting tenements/land for the eligible poor, downtrodden people enabling them to get accommodation under any government welfare schemes.

                    The issue pertains to a plea moved by P Singaravelu seeking to restrain the authorities of the OTS from constructing a wall in Nandambakkam. He alleged that the wall would prevent them access to the Butt Road.

                    When the plea came up for hearing, it came to light that about 214 residents of the area are encroaching defence and government lands.

                    The court ordered removal of such encroachments and handover the land to OTA.









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                      Chennai: In Ambattur area, sewage enters homes

                      P Oppili / TNN / Updated: Dec 2, 2021, 08:45 IST



                      Several such complaints have come from people in Venkatapuram, Gnanamoorthy Nagar, Karukku and Kannaiah Chetty Street. (Representational image)

                      CHENNAI: Residents of half a dozen localities in and around Ambattur are faced with a serious health hazard as sewage from drains is entering their homes.

                      Several such complaints have come from people in Venkatapuram, Gnanamoorthy Nagar, Karukku and Kannaiah Chetty Street.

                      Venkatapuram Residents Welfare Association secretary D Sundararaman said people from his area had to run from pillar to post to get the underground sewage system. During the current monsoon, the underground drainage system failed, resulting in sewage entering homes.

                      "At least 5,000 residents are facing this problem, and none of them knows how to solve this. The 'jet rodding' machines used for sucking out water from manholes are not helpful," he said.

                      President of TN Progressive Consumer Centre, T Sadagopan, said many residents who are worried about the possible health impact of waste water entering their homes are moving out. Karukku is one such place where a lot of people have shifted out, he said.

                      The sewage reversal problem is being faced by people living in independent houses as well as those in apartment complexes, he said.

                      Though Ambattur was added to the city corporation limits a decade ago, the civic body had not laid storm water drains. The civic body has recently begun work on laying storm water drains in this area, said an official.

                      In most parts of Ambattur, stagnant water on the road is let into the underground sewage system. With no drains to carry the rainwater, the stagnant water entered the sewage network maintained by Metrowater. When the carrying capacity of the drainage network is exceeded, sewage begins to enter homes, said an official.










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