Urban Lakes and Water Bodies Restoration
Restoration and comprehensive improvement of the depleting waterbodies and drainage systems are measures for building resilience against flood and other such extreme weather events. In response to the devastating floods of 2015 in Tamil Nadu, CII rolled out an initiative to restore the dilapidated lakes and water bodies in Chennai city that were disappearing due to encroachment, garbage dumping and lack of maintenance. The project envisions comprehensive restoration and improvement of water bodies to enhance their storage and recharge capacity, thereby building resilience against floods and droughts in the fragile city ecosystem.
8 lakes Restored
Restoration of 2 lakes underway
Strengthening community involvement and enhancing cultural activities around the waterbodies and building capacity of local communities for maintenance of water bodies prone to encroachment and dilapidation were some of the key objectives of the project.
The project is being implemented in a multi-stakeholder partnership, financially supported by a number of Industry members and jointly delivered by CII Southern Region Water Alliance and the CII Foundation Tamil Nadu Relief and Rehabilitation Initiatives.
Improvement of tank
Improvement of the catchment
areas of water bodies
Increased recharge of
drinking water sources
+10,000 people across
communities are benefitting
Comprehensive improvement and restoration of water bodies thereby increasing tank
Improving local biodiversity, recreational
and cultural activities
Capacity building of communities,
in better water management
The lake restoration is being undertaken with a holistic approach involving debris cleaning, deepening and de-silting, mechanized channelization
of inlet & outlet, strengthening of bunds and construction of revetments. Beautification, laying of pathways, fencing and plantation were
taken up in areas surrounding the waterbodies.