LKS developed the public participation phase of the Eco-Restoration project of the Cooum River in Chennai, India

 The LKS team developing the project attended in late June various project presentation sessions in front of the citizens, institutions, organizations and involved administrations, as well as other authorities.

The Cooum River is one of the waterways which drain through Chennai City and its Metropolitan Area. The aim of the contract is to develop the Master Plan of the river from its origin to its mouth, along more than 32kms. Its objectives are abating the pollution, maintaining a minimum ecological flow, reclaiming and protecting the river from encroachments, improving the flood carrying capacity, creating a front river development and integrating the restoration of new activities along the river.
The aim of the sessions developed was to share with the general public the progress of the project, once the diagnosis and a progression of the proposals to be developed were made. Another objective was to explain the updates of the project development status to the administrations involved, as a part of the process begun in late 2012 of involvement of the authorities in this comprehensive project.
There have been two sessions, the first aimed at the general public, attended by about a hundred people and another one oriented to non-governmental organizations and academic institutions, where a number of interventions and contributions stood out. The media and local TV have echoed the presentations, developing articles in the main publications in English and in various newspapers in Tamil, the local language of the former Madras state, counting a total of ten references in the press both written and digital.
The third session, aimed at involved administrations and other authorities, was attended by all the agents managing the development of the proposals and served as a forum and work session for the contrast and intersectoral coordination, key aspect to the future success of the management, development and execution of the project.
The project includes the detailed development of the various proposals and it is aimed to be completed by September 2013. In this final phase, the suggestions, proposals and considerations that concern the scope and objectives of the project will be analyzed, evaluated and integrated.