Chennai still has a long way to goIt is a matter of pride that Chennai is ranked as number 2 in the ease of living index published recently, among cities with populations of over four million.
Chennai has more than 10 million and is exploding on all the three sides. (On the fourth side we have the sea). The new Master Plan aims to literally expand the city to more than eighty five kilometers on all the three sides. There is still opposition from the cities, though. For example, Kanchipuram will become Chennai, if the plan is implemented.
Chennai has done some good work in reuse of waste water for industrial purposes., However, Chennai is yet to exploit the potential of desalination. The water is available aplenty, If Dubai can do it, why not Chennai? The problem is the will.
Voluntary organizations like the Exonora should plant hundreds of thousands of new trees and make it as attractive as Bangalore. Chennai has already lost the race here. Bangalore is so beautiful with hundreds of thousands of trees, even today. May be, Chennai traffic is better, since the roads are good and the traffic keeps on moving.
Yet, we have miles to go before we sleep. Sanitation and cleaning of garbage should be given to private parties. The DMK party had done excellent work in this regard. But the AIADMK Government was so keen only on Amma Canteens. It has done nothing at all to beautify Chennai.
Let the voluntary organizations wake up and continue their good work, on a much larger scale.