SWARAN suggests rain water harvesting for Kandanchavadi, Palavakkam, Perungudi, which have sandy soil. K. Lakshmi reports

SWARAN, a citizen network concerned with freshwater sources conservation, has recently written to the Chennai Corporation opposing the proposal to build storm water drains at Kandanchavadi, Palavakkam and Perungudi falling under Zone 14 (ward 184 to 186).

Members of SWARAN (Save Water And Recharge Aquifers Network) want the proposal to be put on hold as the network is not required in several areas, particularly in those with sandy soil formation where rainwater percolation is easy.

In their representation, members highlighted the misuse of the storm water drains to dump garbage and release sewage, which led to increase in mosquito menace and proved to be a health hazard.

SWARAN’s co-ordinator Ram Shankar said storm water drains were not the solution for flooding. Draining rain water would lead to wastage of freshwater resources and further intensify water scarcity.

Instead of SWD, SWARAN proposes interconnected vertical structures for harvesting rain water on the roads and percolating it to the ground water table and draining the surplus to the nearest temple tanks.

Residents of Gandhi Nagar and Radhakrishnan Nagar (Thiruvanmiyur) recently opposed wastage of fresh water resources through storm water drains.

“We urge residents to send an email to mayor at mayor@chennaicorporation.gov.in and the Corporation Commissioner at commissioner@chennaicorporation.gov.in asking for rain water harvesting on the roads instead of storm water drain,” said Ram Shankar. SWARAN can be reached at save.freshwater@gmail.com.

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