CREDAI to restore 10 waterbodies in the city

The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), Chennai, has signed an MoU with Greater Chennai Corporation for the restoration of 10 waterbodies in the city.

For this, CREDAI Chennai has engaged the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) to carry out the restoration work and aims to complete the process in the next six months.

CREDAI Chennai has picked up tanks in Ambattur (Arraa Kulam, Ayyankulam, Vairavan Kulam), Valasaravakkam (Mayttukuppam Ganga Nagar pond, Appaduraipillai street pond), Alandur (Aalavancherry kulam), Perungudi (Mandapamkuttai, Amara pond) and Sholinganallur (Thallikullam and Saraya Kulam).

“A lot of water gets wasted during rain. So we wanted to somehow find a way to save water and decided to take up this project. Given the acute water shortage our city is facing, it is imperative that we take a step in trying to conserve and restore our waterbodies,” said W.S. Habib, president, CREDAI Chennai. “We will work with the local community in these locations and seek their help in maintaining these waterbodies in the longer run,” he added.

According to CREDAI Chennai, this project involves investments to the tune of Rs. 50 lakh.

Raj Cherubal, Chief Executive Officer for Chennai Smart City Ltd., said, “Within a span of one year, over 120 waterbodies have been restored. A few more will be ready before the monsoon starts.”

There are about 210 waterbodies that are under the management of Greater Chennai Corporation. The Storm Water Drain Department has taken up the restoration of these waterbodies and is currently executing it under the Smart City programme, as an important part of its overall water management plan. This is being funded through Smart City funds and the CSR funds of various private sector organisations. The city-based NGO, Chennai City Connect, is coordinating the efforts.

Given the acute water shortage our city is facing, it is imperative that we take a step in trying to restore our waterbodies

W.S. Habib

President, CREDAI Chennai

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