Frequently Asked Question

   How can i contribute to Water Bodies restoration project ?

   What is the objective behind setting up a framework of waterbodies for restoration? What kind of organization, institution or group can undertake water body restoration projects?

Our aim is to identify and restore water bodies across the city in order to rejuvenate groundwater, flood mitigation and ultimately improve the ecology of the area. We aim to do this by bringing together local communities volunteers, youth groups, technically competent NGOs while bringing in funds from Resident Welfare Associations(RWA), CSR from Corporates or donations from any individual, institution or organization that would like to support this program.

   What are the benefits and impact of a water body restoration project?

  • Improves ground water table
  • Improves the aesthetics of the neighbourhood
  • Becomes a nice public space
  • Source of clean water.

   Is there a database of the various kinds of water bodies that can be taken up as projects?

Currently, there are over 210 water bodies that require restoration and yes, you may view this database by clicking on the following link: waterbodies.cscl.co.in

   Who are the various organizations that we can approach?

Any interested party can subscribe to the mailing order and we will put you through to the concerned government department – Greater Chennai Corporation/Public Works Department….

   What would be the role of an NGO?

Each water body being restored will be assigned an NGO for technical supervision of the project and to help engage the surrounding community in the efforts. Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) is one such organization that is currently providing technical support for an on-going project. In case the interested party has an NGO / expert who can take up the water body restoration, they could take up the restoration / maintenance work.

  What would the timeline look like? What is the scientific methodology for a restoration project?

Depending on the size and kind of water body, the project can take anywhere between 45 to 100 days for water body. The general process of restoration can be divided into six phases:

  • Removing any waste or invasive weeds from the water body (in case there is water, this will have to be first pumped out before starting work)
  • Bund formation
  • Central box pit construction
  • Bund strengthening efforts
  • Water run off regulation efforts
  • Overhaul and completion
  • Maintenance and upkeep of the water and surrounding areas – preventing sewage inflow, periodic cleaning up of the bund and surrounding areas….

   How do we arrive at a budget? Who does the assessment?

Organizations with expertise in water body restorations consider the specific cost components for a particular water body and write up a detailed estimation for your benefit. In this regard, EFI have been instrumental in collaborative efforts along with Chennai City Connect Foundation and Chennai Smart City Ltd.

   What are the main cost components of a restoration project?

They are:

  • removal of debris and transporting it to the dump yard,
  • excavation, trenching, bunding & creating walkways around the water body
  • planting along the bund

   What is the maintenance plan post restoration? How will this effort be sustained?

A strong monitoring ecosystem will be put in place. It will include deployment of pollution tracking sensors and other monitoring equipment required to track the health of the water body. Chennai Smart City Ltd will assist in the installation of said monitoring devices.

Frequently Asked Questions by Volunteers

  If we are a Resident Welfare Association, looking to restore a waterbody in our locality, who do we approach? What is the procedure for adopting the waterbody?

You may have a look at the map on our homepage and identify your particular waterbody. If it is yet to be taken up by Chennai corporation, Metro Water or the Public Works Department you may notify us through email and we will respond once an assessment of the waterbody has been conducted.

  We have funds that we would like to contribute towards a restoration project. Who would be responsible for the proper utilization of funds?

Depending upon the water body that you chose, the nodal agency would differ. Once you have informed us about your interest in a particular project will we connect with the concerned agency who will execute the project utilizing funds provided by you.

  None of these FAQs answer my question, what do I do?

You can send us an email with your queries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions by Resident Welfare Associations

  If we are a Resident Welfare Association, looking to restore a waterbody in our locality, who do we approach? What is the procedure for adopting the waterbody?

You may have a look at the map on our homepage and identify your particular waterbody. If it is yet to be taken up by Chennai corporation, Metro Water or the Public Works Department you may notify us through email and we will respond once an assessment of the waterbody has been conducted.

   We have funds that we would like to contribute towards a restoration project. Who would be responsible for the proper utilization of funds?

Depending upon the water body that you chose, the nodal agency would differ. Once you have informed us about your interest in a particular project will we connect with the concerned agency who will execute the project utilizing funds provided by you.

   None of these FAQs answer my question, what do I do?

You can send us an email with your queries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions by Corporates

  If we are a corporate looking to undertake such a project under CSR, will there be brand visibility?

The web page designated for each water body will display the name of the stakeholder that has adopted it. Apart from the digital footprint, the water body site may also signify through signage, the company behind the sponsorship.

  How will we engage our employees in this project?

Employees can volunteer in two ways:

  • Along with the NGO volunteers, they may also assist in tree plantation during the bund strengthening efforts.
  • They can be responsible for educating the local community on the process and benefits of creating and preserving water bodies.  

  Can short-term events be organized for the company as part of the CSR project?

A site visit trip can be arranged for corporates to corporally assess the impact of their support.

  How will we be assisted with project documentation and reports?

The NGO involved will assign a volunteer to communicate with and report to the various stakeholders. Involved parties can also stay updated by subscribing to the particular water body’s web page that will send periodic updates about the activities associated with the water body.

  Where can I view documentation of a restoration project?

Please click on the following link to view the on-going restoration of a pond in Chennai: waterbodies.cscl.co.in

  Is there a document or form I can download in order to register to undertake a project?

Please visit the following link, register your email with us and expect timely updates regarding the water body restoration program.

  None of these FAQs answer my question, what do I do?

You can send us an email with your queries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions by NGOs

   We are a NGO with technical expertise in the field of water body restorations and we would like to be involved in this program. Who will bear the expenses of the support provided by us?

Costs borne by the NGO in helping restore the water bodies will be covered by government or CSR funds.

   None of these FAQs answer my question, what do I do?

You can send us an email with your queries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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