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Corpn. looks to rope in firms to develop RWH structures

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80 companies participate in a meeting, express willingness to donate CSR funds

Corporate entities may soon play a key role in developing rainwater harvesting structures in public spaces and restoring waterbodies in the city. The Greater Chennai Corporation has asked corporates to allocate funds under corporate social responsibility for recharge of groundwater and restoration of waterbodies.

Chennai Corporation Commissioner G. Prakash on Tuesday convened a meeting of corporates, urging them to donate under CSR for the same.

Restoring waterbodies

“The detailed project report for restoration of 90 waterbodies has been prepared by the Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company. Corporate entities have been asked to donate CSR funds for the eco-restoration of the 90 waterbodies,” said an official.

A total of 80 companies participated in the meeting, expressing willingness to donate CSR funds.

The Corporation has identified 210 waterbodies for eco-restoration. It has started work on 52 waterbodies in the city using capital funds and smart city funds.

Chennai Corporation has been able to develop rainwater harvesting structures in 9,448 locations, including parks, schools, footpaths and public buildings. But residents have also complained that rainwater harvesting structures in public spaces have not been designed properly.

Following the announcement by Municipal Administration Minister S.P. Velumani that rainwater harvesting structures would be developed at 2,000 locations, the Corporation has prepared estimates for the same.

The civic body has developed rainwater harvesting structures at 7,072 locations, along stormwater drains in Cooum and Adyar basins.

Most of the 33,000 interior roads and 471 bus routes in the city are likely to get at least one additional rainwater harvesting structure, using CSR funding from corporate entities, before the onset of the northeast monsoon.

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