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Illegal slums on Maharashtra mudflats cause loss to state

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Not just a site of global importance for migratory birds, Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary is home to diverse creatures that depend on it for food, shelter and livelihood.

Long necked, rosy white birds with heavy pink bills stand etched across the horizon. These are the flamingos that fly miles from across Iran’s Caspian Sea and the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, to reach the inland waters of Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. A natural coastal area, this beautiful land serves as a breeding ground for migratory and resident birds, fish, prawns and crabs.

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Urban floods and pervasive environmental pollution are living testimonies of unplanned and hurried urbanisation. With cities already stretched to their limits, how much more can they endure?

South India's rivers are rain-fed unlike those in the North, which are glacier-fed due to the contrasting topography and climate. Unlike the Himalayan system, many of India’s peninsular rivers dry up during the hotter half of the year, leaving lips and fields equally parched. As cities and towns flourished on the banks of rivers or otherwise, the importance of having a perennial water source to provide for the burgeoning population only increased. 

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Urban planners have forgotten that lakes and waterways can only be altered by giving appropriate alternative means of storage and drainage. These water bodies must be revived.

The December 2015 rains in Tamil Nadu caused Chennai and its adjoining areas to be suddenly flooded. Huge portions of residential areas and roads were inundated for long periods of time. The rivers too flooded in an unprecedented manner, causing human loss and property damage to individuals, state and corporates. Looking at Irumbuliur Lake near Tambaram in Chennai, throws some light on the reasons for such widespread inundation. 

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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.

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 India Meteorological Department, starting October 1 through December 4, the state has recieved a total rainfall of 592.2 mm as against an expected downpour of 370.2 mm, a deviation of nearly 60% a

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New MoEF Minister delays final notification on Western Ghats 

Draft notification for declaring eco-sensitive area in the Western Ghats has been put on hold as the new Environment Minister wants to invite comments from CMs of the six states.

Uttarakhand govt initiates allotment process of small hydel projects

The swampy area of Pallikaranai, 20 km away from Chennai, has reduced from 5000 to 500 hectares in about 40 years. Despite it being made a partial Reserve Forest, it is under threat of dying out.

The term wetland is a bit difficult to understand. Is it land or water or land that is wet? It is likely this difficulty in comprehending the term that has led to the sad state of affairs for most wetlands in the country today.

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Govt reconstitutes panel on hydel projects

Transparent Chennai, an action research group works on creating and disseminating data on civic issues in Chennai. With an aim to do research that can inform practice, the group believes in bringing change in some form in the ground. The focus of research are as follows: city governance, elected representatives, heritage, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), public civic spaces, public toilets and sanitation, road transport and public transport, slums and informal settlements and water.

Transparent Chennai had organised a workshop on “Evaluating the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and preparing for the future” on December 2, 2012 at Dakshinamurthy Auditorium in PS Higher Secondary School, Mylapore, Chennai.

The workshop was organised to:

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Chennai's main drinking water source will be affected if a proposed dumping site is built


 "As it is, drinking water is a big problem in Chennai," says Mani, "and now they are planning to build a dumping site near Chembarambakkam Lake. We will all suffer. The water I drink comes from this lake." The Chembarambakkam reservoir provides most of Chennai's water, a city which consumes approximately six million liters of water everyday.

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