SESSION – 5 STUDIES ON CHENNAI DRAINAGE SYSTEM – RIVERS, CANALS, CREEKS, ESTUARIES, LAKES

Introduction

• The River Cooum, once a fresh water source is today a drainage course collecting surpluses of 75 small tanks of a minor basin. The length of the river is about 65 km, of which 18 km, fall within the Chennai city limits. This once fishing river & boat racing ground has borne the brunt of the city’s population explosion.

• The water quality as we are all aware is bound to degrade progressively as the river takes the untreated sewage but unable to flush it into the sea.

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