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Elections 2024: What Chennai residents and civic groups want their MPs to address

As the population of Chennai grows, it is crucial that we consider the city's mobility landscape, and the changes needed in it. Presently, our streets cater primarily to motor vehicles. To truly achieve sustainable and safe mobility accessible for all, we must prioritise walking, cycling, and public transport, says Sowmya K, researcher, CAG.

Rising streets and shrinking homes: Why proper road relaying is essential

Sumana Narayanan, senior researcher, CAG comments that standards for road laying need to be in the public domain, to keep authorities accountable. Currently, in an effort to cut costs and maximise profits, contractors relaying roads are tempted to skip the crucial step of milling, with disastrous consequences for neighbourhoods around. #RoadRelaying #SustainableCities

மழைக்காலத்தில் சென்னை சாலைகளில் வாகனம் ஓட்டும்போது பாதுகாப்பாக இருக்க தெரிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டியவை

மழைக்காலம் தொடங்கிவிட்டது. குண்டும் குழியுமான, மழைநீர் தேங்கியுள்ள சாலைகளில் அதிவேகமாக செல்லும் வாகன ஓட்டிகள், விபத்துக்குளாகாமல் எவ்வாறு கவனத்துடன் பாதுகாப்பாக செயல்பட வேண்டுமென்று சி.ஏ.ஜி ஆராய்ச்சியாளர் மதுமதி விளக்குகிறார்.


Poor design and maintenance make many Chennai foot over bridges redundant

Foot over-bridges (FOBs) are a poor option to help pedestrians safely cross a road. Women feel unsafe using them; people with disabilities cannot use them at all; and even the average pedestrian finds the extra walk tedious. Sumana, CAG, explains that at-grade pedestrian crossings are needed every 200 metres as per IRC Guidelines, along with a fundamental shift in the attitude of motorists towards vulnerable road users.


Chennai’s single-use plastic ban falters despite campaigns like Meendum Manjappai

Despite noteworthy efforts by the government (such as through the Meendum Manjappai campaign)  to reduce the use of single-use plastics, they stubbornly remain in our lives. Sumana, CAG, explains that this is a problem that must be addressed at the source - with the production of plastic and plastic products itself.