City Interventions

Chennai Waterways and Waste Management

Country: India
City: Chennai

Key Stakeholders and PartnersChennai Municipal Corporation, State Government of Tamil Nadu

Project Preparation Study PeriodOctober 2008 - May 2009

CDIA SupportUS$ 423,000

Expected Downstream Financing$2 million (local financing institution)

Infrastructure sectorsSolid Waste Management
Flood/Drainage Management

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Good Governance

Key City Development Issues

The increase in population and urbanization in Chennai is putting high pressure on many of the city’s basic services. For example, the city is challenged by vector-borne diseases, which necessitate waterways rehabilitation and improvement. The city’s transport system is also currently inadequate to meet the growing needs of its population, and Chennai is also in need of better solid and industrial waste management.

Details of Cooperation

CDIA-supported activities included: a) comprehensive review of the city’s development plan and infrastructure investment program; b) conduct of pre-feasibility studies for waterways improvement and solid waste management; c) linkage of the pre-feasibility studies with potential financiers; and d) assistance to the city in planning for institutional strengthening initiatives on project programming and prioritization for city service delivery.

Expected Development Outcomes

When implemented, the project is expected to improve the environment around Chennai’s waterways, upgrade the water quality and reduce flooding in slum areas within the river/waterway embankments. It will also help improve the environment through proper solid waste management including segregation and recycling.

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Key City informationChennai (formerly know as Madras) is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The city is located on the
Coromandel Coast of the Bay Bengal. The urban agglomeration of Chennai has an estimated population of 8.6 million, making it the fifth largest in India.

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