Cooum (Paali)

River as a cultural mosaic
A dialogue that highlights the cultural essence of rivers Posted on 02 Oct, 2019 10:41 AM

"River conversations are critical to re-evaluate histories, reconnect civilisations, cultures and peoples, ideas and regions and open streams of thought for a future with exciting possibilities," says Kishalay Bhattacharjee, Associate Professor and Vice Dean, Jindal School of Journalism and Communication who has conceptualized a new series of quarterly river conv

Yamuna near Taj Mahal (Image: Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
TN to pay fine for failing to restore Chennai's waterways
Policy matters this week Posted on 19 Feb, 2019 05:54 PM

NGT slaps a fine of Rs 100 crore on TN government for failing to restore Chennai's waterways

The Cooum as it flows through Chennai (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Ganga and Yamuna not living human entities anymore
Policy matters this week Posted on 11 Jul, 2017 12:09 PM

SC stays order granting human status to Ganga and Yamuna rivers

Ganga river at Sangam, Allahabad (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Braving the deluge: Chennai's worst December
Chennai's limp back to normalcy will be slow and painful, especially for low-lying Velachery, Urapakkam, Kotturpuram and Saidapet which remain flooded even two days after the rain has let up. Posted on 05 Dec, 2015 02:39 PM

Residents were convinced that November was the worst but stock taking and rehabilitation had to wait a week longer as the maniacal rains of December took everyone by surprise and completely crippled the city. According the

Rescue efforts underway in Kotturpuram, one of the Chennai's worst affected areas
Monsoon 2015: Chinks in Chennai's infrastructure exposed
Yet to recover from the torrential lashing, the low-lying city of Chennai is slowly piecing its life back together. How ironic for a state that was a pioneer in rainwater harvesting. Posted on 19 Nov, 2015 09:34 PM

Chennai has historically been a water-starved region, but never rain-starved as it receives much of its annual quota during the northeast or ‘retreating’ monsoon between October and December. But this November was like no other. 

Flooded streets in Chennai
Strict action against polluters throwing puja waste in the Yamuna
News this week Posted on 21 Sep, 2015 10:19 PM

Delhi Government gets strict towards Yamuna pollution 

Garbage piled high near the Yamuna river (Source: IWP Flickr Photo)
Havoc in the hills
Floods ravage Uttarakhand, Yamuna crosses the danger mark and Shimsha river goes dry are the highlights of this week’s news. Posted on 24 Jun, 2013 12:02 PM

Havoc in the hills

File Photo: Floods in Uttarakhand, 2012
Salvaging and scapegoating: Slum evictions on Chennai’s waterways - EPW paper
This document discusses the historical shifts in the governance of urban water and the urban poor in cities, their reflection in the transformed cultural and political imagery of rivers in Chennai. Posted on 02 Aug, 2010 01:03 AM

The paper highlights the case of recent projects that have been planned on the river Cooum in Chennai.