Nirupama Viswanathan

Kovilambakkam residents cry for stormwater drain ahead of monsoon

With an early Northeast Monsoon in sight this year, age-old problems have come back to haunt residents of Kovilambakkam.

08 Oct 2018

These drawings by kids of Chennai's resettlement colonies tell tales of woe

All these drawings are reflective of what is wrong with the colony there, believe Sowmiya and Swetha, which is why they plan to take the drawings to the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board officials.

01 Oct 2018

Electricity bills shoot up 10 fold, bleed Perumbakkam residents dry

The agitated residents argued about next steps.

30 Sep 2018

No more bumpy bus ride on city roads

In view of the approaching north-east monsoon, Greater Chennai Corporation is to undertake road improvement works across the city.

28 Sep 2018

The dead cannot RIP here!

A senior panchayat official that City Express spoke to said that strict orders have been issued to staff, forbidding them from dumping waste here at the burial ground.

25 Sep 2018

Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board’s response to lack of social impact studies irks activist

Activists term this a brazen reply since Form 2 merely collects details such as family card numbers and the age of family members. 

18 Sep 2018

Metrowater dig leaves 20 families trapped in homes

Sukanya (name changed) who is three months pregnant, will have to skip her medical check up scheduled for Friday, thanks to Metrowater digging of Kamaraj Salai 9th street at Korattur.

14 Sep 2018

Civic body to get a mini amphibian for desilting

The amphibian that is already in operation was imported from Finland and is mainly used for removing water hyacinth.

12 Sep 2018

A city canal choked to slow death

Waste and debris from houses demolished three months ago continue to clog Otteri Nullah canal.

01 Sep 2018

Clearing septic tanks a costly affair

The panchayat had renewed the contract to a private agency to clear the septic tanks in the 18 wards of the panchayat recently.

01 Sep 2018

Chennai ranks 70 in Housing and Inclusiveness category

The reason for the low score could be traced back to the policy or the lack of it thereof, say experts.

19 Aug 2018

209 roads chosen for re-greening initiative

The civic body will also plant 2,000 Indian almond trees (Terminalia Catappa) and 2,000 saplings of neem, among other species

14 Aug 2018

Atmosphere at Refugee camp in Red hills cool down 

Refugees say anger has given way to realisation that he had political limitations when dealing with Eelam issue

13 Aug 2018

Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board plan to demolish tenements to build 13-storeyed building draws flak

For a month now, residents are fearing forced evictions to make way for the new multi-storeyed structure with only a one-time allowance of Rs 8000.

09 Aug 2018

Families stranded as Nochikuppam settlements razed

The makeshift tenements built by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board(TNSCB) were  originally designed to house the families affected by tsunami for around 18 months.

03 Aug 2018