Chennai Buzz: Security in suburban stations | Longest dry spell since 2015 | Longer wait for canned water

A quick look at some of the most prominent headlines from the city over the last one week.

Over 90% of suburban rail stations yet to get CCTV

The shocking incident of another young woman hacked in the suburban station of Chetpet has turned the focus on security in many of the stations.  Following a similar incident in Nungambakkam station in 2016 where a woman techie was stabbed to death, the Railways had hurriedly installed a closed circuit televion (CCTV) camera  at the station.

Railways sources have said that out of the 136 stations identified for CCTV coverage in 2011, only 8 have had them installed, while the work on the other stations have slowed down. Chetpet incidentally was one of those 136 stations.

The delay is attributed to the fact that Railtel floated a global tender but has been pushing back the award due to fear of redundant technology. They want to have the latest make of CCTV installed.

Source: The Times of India

HC asks State to submit plan to resolve water crisis

Hearing a PIL filed against commercial exploitation of groundwater in suburban localities of Chennai, the High Court has questioned the state on the measures taken to solve the water crisis. A Division Bench of Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad expressed concern over exploitation of groundwater and asked the counsel for the number of Sewage Treatment Plants in existence.

With heat waves prevalent across the state and South West monsoon yet to bring any relief, 22 districts are in the red as the declining trend of groundwater levels continues steadily. In a month’s time,  Chennai suburbs like Kancheepuram saw a steep decline of 0.48 metres and 0.87 metres, respectively.

Source: The Hindu | The New Indian Express

City witnesses the longest dry spell in a decade

Chennai has gone without rain for 191 days since the last monsoon in 2018. With no rains predicted immediately, the city will break the 10-year record for the longest dry spell.  The highest number of rainless days before this was preceding the 2015 floods: between December 2014 to July 2015, over 193 days that saw no precipitation.

With no rains in sight, the city is crippled by severe water crisis.  Not only residences, but commercial establishments have also started feeling the heat. The crisis is so acute that some hotels in the city have decided not to serve meals for lunch to reduce use of water. IT companies along the OMR road have already instructed its employees to work from home while students have been asked to carry water bottles.

Source: The Times of India | The Hindu

Bottled water cans supply hit

With borewells drying up, water lorries becoming dearer and restrictions on extraction of groundwater, the water packaging industry is in a fix and the wait for canned water has only become longer.

Bubble top manufacturers draw water from private and commercial bore-wells across Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur.  While half of the borewells have gone dry, extraction guidelines by the PWD, restricting water withdrawals to not more than 12 hours a day, have further intensified the crisis.

Source: The Times of India

[Compiled by Sandhya Raju]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

City Buzz: Mumbai billboard collapse | L&T to exit Hyderabad Metro… and more

In other news this week: Trends in senior living market in cities; vision problems predicted for urban kids and the rise of dengue in Bengaluru.

Mumbai billboard collapse throws light on sorry state of civic safety At least 16 died and 74 were injured when a 100-foot-tall illegal billboard collapsed in the eastern suburb of Ghatkopar in Mumbai, during a thunderstorm on May 14th. It fell on some houses and a petrol station, disrupting life in the region. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) allows a maximum hoarding size of 40Γ—40 feet, but this billboard was 120Γ—120 feet. Last week itself, BMC had recommended action against Bhavesh Prabhudas Bhinde, 51, director of Ego Media Pvt Ltd, which owned the contract for the hoarding on a 10-year lease.…

Similar Story

Chennai Councillor Talk: Infrastructure and health are my focus, says Kayalvizhi, Ward 179

Ensuring access to good roads, education and fighting pollution are major focus areas of Chennai's Ward 179 Councillor Kayalvizhi

A nurse-turned-politician, J Kayalvizhi, Councillor of Ward 179 in Chennai, studied nursing at Christian Medical College in Vellore. Until 2006, she worked with an MNC in Saudi Arabia. Since her return in 2006, she decided to take up social service to help people in need, especially in the field of education and health. Her husband, Jayakumar, has been in politics for many years now and holds the position of divisional secretary of Ward 179 in DMK. When Ward 179 in Chennai was reserved for women, Kayalvizhi's husband encouraged her to contest in the polls to channel her interest in social…