Madhumitha Viswanath

Contamination of water in Red Hills reservoir with raw sewage continues unabated

One of Chennai’s major drinking water sources, Red Hills reservoir, continues to be polluted with discharge of raw sewage from neighbouring localities, say locals.

07 Feb 2020

Sitting amid quarries in Chennai's suburbs, school kids breathe poison

Students of three schools around the Tirusulam granite crushing units are suffering from various respiratory ailments due to dust pollution.

06 Feb 2020

Access to clean water still a ‘pipe dream’

Residents who were relocated have a hard time without civic aids

04 Feb 2020

Chennai lakes fight for full flow as officials neglect water bodies

Problems plague Selaiyur, Sembakkam and Madambakkam lakes as officials await funds to develop them into eco-parks.

01 Feb 2020

Civic activists from Chennai's Chromepet honoured on Republic Day by local residents association

One of the recipients was Paneerselvam, an auto driver who has been fixing potholes and craters with sand and stones, using money from his own pocket, for many years now.

30 Jan 2020

Residents of Chennai's Urapakkam brave death threats, turn cesspool into lake

300-odd volunteers pool in close to Rs 20 lakh to revive a portion of the Karanai Puducherry lake which was a cesspool of sewage and garbage.

27 Jan 2020

Chennai’s lakes filled with sewage, garbage

An Express legwork reveals that storm water drains don’t serve their original purpose anymore; drains are directly carrying sewage into lakes

23 Jan 2020

Woes watered-down 

 Water-deprived families of Perumbakkam Resettlement Colony heave a sigh of relief after TNSCB 
swings into action  Tenants to receive requirement-based supply in four months’ time 

23 Jan 2020

Mapping water flow, Chennai follows Hyderabad method

The city water board has begun its preparations to start mapping the city using Geographic Information System (GIS) technique.

22 Jan 2020

No tar on these arterial roads, only potholes, scattered stones

The terrible condition of roads in Medavakkam, Vengaivasal and Shollinganallur have given their residents a tough time in navigating through the localities.

21 Jan 2020

Victims of urbanisation: Villages quenching Chennai’s thirst go parched

Thiruporur once a water rich town now depends on four other villages for their own drinking water needs

19 Jan 2020

Lack of battery cars puts senior citizens in distress

Senior citizens and differently-abled people have a very tough time commuting along long platforms in Tambaram suburban station for years now.

18 Jan 2020

Caught between caste and politics, a decade of misery for 160 Irula families 

The Irula families are seen as just potential vote banks and nothing more by local politicians said residents of nearby villages.

13 Jan 2020

Delay in Chennai's Manali bridge work puts locals at peril

As this bund Road is narrow and filled with dust, motorists have a hard time manoeuvring it alongside the heavy container-lorry traffic.

06 Jan 2020

Medical waste dumped again, now at Anakaputhur

This time, they were found along Adyar river banks near Anakaputhur.Close to 50 plastic medicine bottles, strips of laxatives and ulcer tablets were found in a heap.

06 Jan 2020

Trash bottles get a ‘glassy’ makeover

The 24-year-old IT professional scrounges through the dumpyard to pick up empty glass bottles and caps.

30 Dec 2019

MTC staff turn to labour department to resolve tiff

Employees allege there are many irregularities in marking attendance by the branch manager. Because of this many have not got their day’s salary, claim employees.

30 Dec 2019

10-year delay in sewer works turning lakes into smelly swamps?

The underground sewer project in East Tambaram was started in 2009 by Metro Water Board.

26 Dec 2019

CMRL staff ‘denied’ statutory maternity leave

The 70-odd women employees of Metro Rail said though they had repeatedly applied for nine months’ leave since 2016, they were not permitted to take it.

26 Dec 2019

Chennai outskirts trippin’ on dumped biomedical wastes

A month ago, sacks of surgical gloves were found dumped in the same location.

23 Dec 2019

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