The TCN@CAG team on 22nd December 2015, attended another hearing of the case related to the cleaning of Chennai’s waterways filed by Mr. Edwin Wilson at the southern bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) in Chennai. The counsels for Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust (CRRT), Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), industries charged for polluting the Cooum (namely, Madras Fertilizers, Chennai Petroleum and Ennore Thermal Power Plant) and the petitioner were present in the court for the hearing.
Intergrated Cooum River Eco-Restoration Plan - Drawings from the Social Assessment Report (Vol 5 of the Final Report) contains maps showing 'Action on Slums', 'Negative social impact' and 'Affected Land' dated February 2014 received from CRRT in response to an RTI.
Chennai River Restoration Trust (CRRT) implementation of 60 short term sub projects at an estimated cost of Rs.604.77 crores under Integrated Cooum River Eco Restoration Project - Administrative Sanction - Accorded - Order issued received from CRRT in response to an RTI.
The community outreach team at CAG recently learnt about the Government’s plan to evict 14,200 households from 58 slums located on the Cooum river banks in the guise of the Cooum River Eco-restoration Project. After a thorough perusal of the project documentation, we see it as a plan not to clean the waterway but as an excuse to raze the slums and develop the riverfront.