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Adyar River

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Adyar (அடையாறு / Adayaru)
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Adyar in Chennai.
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Adyar estuary
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Coordinates: 13°00′49″N 80°15′56″E / 13.01367°N 80.26559°E / 13.01367; 80.26559{{#coordinates:13.01367|N|80.26559|E||||| |primary |name= }} Adyar (Tamil: அடையார்) or Adayar, originating near the Chembarambakkam Lake in Chengalpattu district, is one of the two rivers which winds through Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India, and joins the Bay of Bengal at the Adyar Estuary. The Script error: No such module "convert". long river contributes to the estuarine ecosystem of Chennai. Despite the high pollution levels, boating and fishing take place in this river. The river collects surplus water from about 200 tanks and lakes, small streams and the rainwater drains in the city, with a combined catchment area of Script error: No such module "convert".. Most of the waste from the city is drained into this river and the Cooum.

Origin and course

Adyar river starts from Malaipattu tank (80.00° latitude and 12.93° longitude) near Manimangalam village in Sriperumbudur Taluk at about Script error: No such module "convert". west of Tambaram near Chennai. It starts to appear as a stream only from the point where water from Chembarambakkam lake joins the river. It flows through Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chennai district for about Script error: No such module "convert". before joining the Bay of Bengal in Adyar, Chennai.[1][2] Here it forms an estuary, which extends from the Adyar Bridge to the sandbar at the edge of the sea, with some small islets in-between. The estuary attracts a wide variety of birds. The estuary covering an area of about Script error: No such module "convert". was made a protected wildlife reserve in 1987.[3]

The river forms a backwater near the mouth, known as the Adyar creek, due to the formation of sand bar at the mouth. This creek is a natural channel which carries tidal water back into the sea.

Geography

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A view of the Adyar River from the Manapakkam Bridge

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Ecology

Adyar Estuary and Creek and the Theososphical Society on the Estuary's southern side has been a haven for migratory and resident birds for years. The environmental conditions in the estuary with low salinity, good shelters and high plankton availability in the Adyar creek serves as a good nursery for fish. The flow of tidal water in and out of the creek allowed for easy travel of boats. It therefore encouraged fishing and there was a thriving economy of fish trade here. However, with the city's sewage and effluence from its various industries, for some time, emptying into the river, the biological activities in the region was affected. Although the number has been in decline due to pollution and anthropogenic activities, they still attract hundreds of birds. Even before few years the Theosophical Society has come out with a CD on 'Birds of Adyar', compiled by Trust for Environment Monitoring and Action Initiating. The proposed Adyar Poonga may be a first towards restoring this fragile but vibrant eco-system.

Landmarks

The Theosophical Society, Anna University, Madras Boat Club, Thenral[8] are prominent institutions located in the banks of Adyar.

Adayar river crosses 6 line Outer Ring Road landmark of Royappa nagar And JJ Nagar.

Contamination

The river receives a sizeable quantity of sewage from Chennai after reaching Nandambakkam near Chennai. The river is almost stagnant except during the rain season. Rapid industrialisation and urbanisation has led to severe contamination of this river.[1] However, the river gets just 10 per cent of the untreated sewage being let into the three principle waterways of Chennai daily, with the other two, namely, the Buckingham Canal and the Cooum River, taking the major share (60 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively).[9]

The problem of sedimentation was not severe as the Adyar's width near Thiru.Vi.Ka. Bridge is nearly Script error: No such module "convert". that enabled tidal effect into the waterway for about Script error: No such module "convert".. However, it was essential to provide groynes to keep the river mouth open for adequate width and prevent inundation during monsoon. In 2011, the Water Resources Department (WRD) proposed to construct groynes to reduce formation of sand bars near the mouth the river.[10]

Cleaning up

In 2012, the state government allotted 3,000 million towards construction of 337 sewage cleaning systems in the waterways in the city, including 49 locations in the Adyar river. Others include 105 points in Cooum river and 183 locations in the Buckingham Canal.[11]

Bridges

There are several bridges built across the river over the course of time. The Corporation of Chennai maintains about 6 of these bridges.[12]

The Thiru Vi Ka Bridge was constructed at a cost of 5.8 million and was inaugurated in October 1973.[13] It is a four-laned bridge measuring Script error: No such module "convert". long and Script error: No such module "convert". wide. During the time of its inauguration, the bridge had separate lanes for cyclists and footpaths for pedestrians. The bridge was damaged in November 1985 due to a rush of flood water, resulting in the suspension of vehicular traffic over the bridge. It had developed a gaping hole and a portion of the road surface had caved in.[14]

The Elphinstone Bridge was constructed in the 1840s during the time of Lord Elphinstone, who was governor of Madras from 1837 to 1842 and was the first to connect south Madras to Santhome and Mylapore. Before its construction, there were no bridges across the Adyar river except the causeway then known as Marmalong Bridge. Parisals, which were round floats pushed by long poles, were the chief mode of transportation across the river, and there were several makeshift landing places on the banks of the river for carrying goods. Soon, the British found the area between Santhome and the river suitable for building their farmhouses. Further developments during the first half of the 19th century probably necessitated the building of a new bridge.[13] The bridge was still in use during the time of inauguration of the Thiru Vi Ka bridge. The bridge was meant for other, slow-moving traffic across the river.[14] However, the bridge was severely damaged during a cyclone between 1876 and 1878. Today the bridge carries sewer pipelines. It is Script error: No such module "convert". wide and has concrete slabs covering the sewer pipelines running over it. The full width of the bridge is covered with the slabs and either side of the bridge has a flight of stairs, which is used by pedestrians.[13]

In October 2005, a new bridge adjacent to the existing Thiru Vi Ka bridge was proposed as a two-lane facility. However, it was then decided to build it as a three-laned one based on a traffic survey. Construction work began in December 2010. The 16-span bridge, being built at a cost of 139.6 million, is Script error: No such module "convert". long and Script error: No such module "convert". wide. It is being built between the Thiru Vi Ka bridge and the Elphinstone bridge that carries the Chennai Metrowater lines.[14] Although the capacity of the bridge is only 1,450 passenger car unit (PCU), the level of congestion during peak hours is 10,747 PCU—about 7.41 times its capacity.[15]

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See also

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References

  1. ^ a b P. Periakali, T. Vengopal; Giridharan, L; Jayaprakash, M; Periakali, P (2009). "Environmental impact assessment and seasonal variation study of the groundwater in the vicinity of River Adyar, Chennai, India". Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 149 (1-4): 81–97. PMID 18253854. doi:10.1007/s10661-008-0185-x. 
  2. ^ P. M. Velmurugan, T. Vengopal; Giridharan, L; Jayaprakash, M; Velmurugan, PM (2009). "A comprehensive geochemical evaluation of the water quality of River Adyar, India.". Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 82 (2): 211–217. PMID 18784895. doi:10.1007/s00128-008-9533-3. 
  3. ^ "Adyar River". National River Conservation Directorate. Ministry of Environment and Forests. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Session-3 River and Drainage System in CMA
  5. ^ K. Krishnaveni, V. Gowri (2008). "Application of GIS in the study of mass transport of pollutants by Adyar and Cooum Rivers in Chennai (Madras), Tamilnadu.". Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 138: 41–47. doi:10.1007/s10661-007-9789-9. 
  6. ^ A. P. Mitra, R. Ramesh (1997). "Anthropogenic forcing on methane efflux from polluted wetlands (Adyar River of Madras city, India),". Ambio 26: 369–374. 
  7. ^ R. C. Upstill-Goddard, A. Nirmal Rajkumar; Barnes, J; Ramesh, R; Purvaja, R; Upstill-Goddard, RC (2008). "Methane and nitrous oxide fluxes in the polluted Adyar River and estuary, SE India". Marine Pollution Bulletin 56 (12): 2043–2051. PMID 18814890. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2008.08.005. 
  8. ^ Brodie Castle
  9. ^ Lakshmi, K.; Deepa H Ramakrishnan (29 September 2011). "Untreated sewage pollutes waterways". <span />The Hindu<span /> (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 2 Oct 2011. 
  10. ^ Lakshmi, K. (3 December 2011). "WRD plans groynes". <span />The Hindu<span /> (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 4 Dec 2011. 
  11. ^ "நீர்வழி தடங்களை சுத்திகரிக்க ரூ.300 கோடி நிதி: கூவம் ஆற்றில் நீச்சல் சாத்தியமாகும்?". தினமலர் (Dina Malar) (Chennai: Dina Malar). 26 July 2012. Retrieved 28 Jul 2012. 
  12. ^ "Departments—Bridges". Corporation of Chennai. Retrieved 29 Dec 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c Ramakrishnan, Deepa H. (13 January 2013). "173-year-old Elphinstone Bridge gets a makeover". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 13 Jan 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c "Soon, driving over Adyar river to be smooth sailing". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 20 December 2012. Retrieved 24 Dec 2012. 
  15. ^ "New 3-lane Adyar bridge to ease traffic congestion". The Deccan Chronicle (Chennai: The Deccan Chronicle). 24 January 2013. Retrieved 28 Jan 2013. 

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