Chennai, Sept 28:
As a part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) Chennai has taken up the responsibility of restoring 10 water bodies that fall within the Chennai Corporation limits.
Raj Cherubal, Chief Executive Officer for the Chennai Smart City Ltd and W.S. Habib, President, CREDAI Chennai announced the signing of the MoU and its details.
Owing to the dire need of intervention and with an aim to protect our city’s fresh water supply, CREDAI Chennai has come forward and has entered into an MOU with the Greater Chennai Corporation for the restoration of 10 water bodies. CREDAI Chennai has engaged Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) to carry out the restoration work, and aims to complete the restoration process within the next six-months.
CREDAI Chennai will also continue to engage with the citizens of these neighbourhoods to increase the awareness on the importance of water bodies and seek their support and cooperation in maintaining them, going forward. The initiative includes cleaning of the floor of lakes and ponds, making them easily accessible, strengthening of the bund, fencing and plantation around the water body hoping to restore the flora and fauna that once relied on the water bodies for sustenance.
There are about 210 water bodies that are under the management of Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC). The Storm Water Drain Department has taken up the restoration of these water bodies, and is currently executing it under the Smart City programme, as an important part of its overall water management plan. This is being funded through Smart City funds as well as the CSR funds of various private sector organisations. The city based NGO, Chennai City Connect, is coordinating the effort.
Raj Cherubal, Chief Executive Officer for the Chennai Smart City Ltd said, “We are extremely happy that CREDAI Chennai has come forward to take up 10 of these water bodies for restoration in different zones. With this, we are proud to announce that within a span of only one year, since we launched this programme, we have crossed 100 water bodies, which is also the half way mark in this restoration effort. We seek the help of other socially responsible organisations like CREDAI and the citizens of Chennai to support and sustain this effort and to maintain our water bodies for the years to come”
W.S. Habib, President, CREDAI Chennai said, “Given the acute water shortage our city is facing it is imperative that we take a step in trying to conserve and restore our water bodies. Fresh water supply is a bare necessity for our existence. Restoration of water bodies is an essential first step towards ensuring supply of fresh water not only for today but for the future as well. CREDAI has been campaigning for water conservation and green buildings across the country. As a socially responsible and self-regulatory body, CREDAI has engaged in initiating and to fulfil these commitments”.
CREDAI has also brought out an SOP ‘Standard Operating Procedure” for residential construction with support of Anna University, IIT-M and IISC Bangalore.