Korattur Canal in Chennai is slowly dying because of encroachments

The 2 km-long canal that connects Korattur and Puzhal is encroached with shops, restaurants, and car wash facilities . The vital stretch is used by vehicles from Padi and Korattur, as well as those from Ambattur and Avadi .

CHENNAI: The 2 km-long canal that connects Korattur and Puzhal is encroached with shops, restaurants, and car wash facilities.The vital stretch is used by vehicles from Padi and Korattur, as well as those from Ambattur and Avadi.Since the Covid-19 pandemic, activists said the route and the areas in the vicinity have been encroached unchecked.Metrowater owns the whole stretch of land and runs through it, according to Korattur activist B Ramesh, and a canal that transports water to Retteri runs through it.

The Greater Chennai Corporation is now wasteing tax payers money by constructing a stormwater drain parallel to this canal, according to Ramesh.He said that if the corporation had applied for a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Metrowater and restored the canal to its full width, it would have had more than enough capacity to transport rainwater.They should remove the encroachments and re-build the canal, he said.Ramesh also attracted attention to the illegal borewells dug by car wash shops in a public zone.

The canal isn't designed to have enough capacity and is simply intended to be a temporary water carrier.Metrowater has its own scheme for the canal.He said we now have a no-objections license and are going forward with draining.The canal, according to KAPMI activist S Sekaran, belongs to Metrowater and is being invaded by tea shops, hotels, and other establishments.

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