Articles by Akshaya Ayyangar

Akshaya Ayyangar works as a senior researcher at Okapi Research and Advisory and Chennai Resilience Centre and is interested in understanding how cities build resilience to water extremes.

Over the past  few years, especially after the December 2015 floods, we have seen varying figures  on the number of lakes being restored in the Chennai Metropolitan Area. Greater Chennai Corporation, through the Chennai Smart Cities Limited has a goal of restoring  210 lakes, working with NGOs and other civic organisations who are also working on lake restoration independently. Much of these restoration efforts are volunteer-driven and typically involve clean ups, erecting fences and creating spaces for birds. Some restoration efforts also involve removal of encroachments, desilting, and reviving connecting channels.  As of June 2021, around 180 water bodies under…

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