Beautification of River Adyar, Chennai

By Pallavii Pitale

Like Mithi River banks in Mumbai, The banks of River Adyar, near Kotturpuram in Chennai shall be beautified soon. The Chennai Corporation recently has launched, Rs 85.87 lakh worth beautification project of the southern bank of the riverunder which, about 3.84 acres of the embankment area shall be developed as‘tree park’ within a period of 10 months.

River Adyar, contributes to the estuarine ecosystem of Chennai. The 42 km long river originates near the Chembarambakkam Lake in Chengalpattu district and is one of the two rivers that wind through Chennai and joins the Bay of Bengal at the Adyar Estuary. Adyar Estuary and Creek has been a heaven for migratory and resident birds for years. In spite of high pollution and anthropogenic activities, the area still attract hundreds of birds. The river takes in surplus water from about 50 tanks and lakes, small streams and the rainwater drains in the city but most of it is the waste from the city, that is drained into it and the other river, Cooum.
As early as thirty years ago recreational boats were available for leisure boating in Adyar for the tourists. Spoiled by filth and pollution, the river water now, is highly toxic and completely non-potable.

The tree park shall have 1 km walkway paved with granite, beautiful lawns and a visitors’ hall, where people can sit and enjoy the lush green surroundings.The PWD, ( Public Works Department ) along with an NGO, Nizhal, has planted almost 250 plant varieties of various evergreen and indigenous and tropical origin. A team of volunteers and students has been helping the greening process by pumping water from the lone hand pump to water the plants and adding manure. The park shall have decorative lighting as well as enough parking facility for two- and four-wheelers.

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