A wall along the Adyar river in Saidapet

CHENNAI: A see-through fence will protect the banks of the Adyar river. The wall will run across the length of the river, protecting its bunds from encroachment.
Chennai River Restoration Trust (CRRT) authorities said the fencing is part of the eco-restoration project, which is progressing as per schedule.
The fencing will come up on both sides of the river, covering 80km. In the city limits, Greater Chennai Corporation is building the fence which will be 21-km long. CRRT and PWD will build the rest.
Officials said fencing along the bund will prevent encroachments and stop dumping of garbage into the water body.
A senior corporation official said the work began a year ago. The fencing will come up from Mallipoo Nagar by the side of Malar hospital near Thiru Vi Ka bridge in Adyar and will extend till Nandambakkam behind the airport.
Besides building the fence, CRRT will plant saplings and the PWD will strengthen the bunds. The parks wing of the corporation will take up beautification work along the bund. A bicycle track has also been proposed along the river, an official said.
PWD sources said nearly 5,000 families live along the river bund between Adyar and Nandambakkam. Outside the city limits, another 4,500 families have been identified. Out of them, nearly 4,400 families have been rehabilitated in the Perumbakkam slum board tenements.
Mallipoo Nagar has around 1,000 families. The other areas include Kotturpuram (400 families), Saidapet (600), Jafferkhanpet (70), Manappakkam (600), Anakaputhur (700).
At present, the slum board is building tenements in Perumbakkam. Once the tenements are ready, the rehabilitation process will begin, said an official. Already, the corporation, CRRT and PWD have rehabilitated 80% of families who were evicted from the banks of the Cooum river.

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