In a move to monitor and safeguard waterbodies in the city, the Greater Chennai Corporation will conduct periodic surveillance on the waterbodies using drones and satellite data.
At present, the civic body has taken up restoration of 210 waterbodies in the city under the Smart City fund and others, including CSR (corporate social responsibility) fund. “Once the restoration work is completed, we have to maintain the waterbodies and safeguard them from deterioration. We also have plans to involve residents in maintaining them,” the official added.
Of the 210 waterbodies taken up for restoration, the civic body had started work on 63 and a total of 64 waterbodies have been handed over to corporate firms. Talks are on with several firms to provide funds for another 27 waterbodies. Apart from this, a proposal has been sent to the government to restore 47 waterbodies under Chennai Mega City Development Mission.
Meanwhile, the civic body conducted a coordination meeting with the officials from Public Works Department, Metrowater, Revenue Department and others on removal of encroachments on the waterbodies other than the 210. A city-wide water bodies census will also be conducted.
“There are hundreds of waterbodies including several small ponds in the city and many of them are not accounted for. We have to create a database of those so we could restore and maintain them,” another official said.