Report calls for rethink as 29 per cent of Chennai city may be inundated in five years- The New Indian Express

While the Chennai Corporation’s draft city climate action plan has been welcomed by various quarters, experts say it may be used as a base document to create a more detailed plan for the future. The report says rising sea levels could submerge 100 metres of coastal area in the next five years.

As per the greenhouse gases inventory for 2018-19, residential buildings account for 31% of emissions, and commercial and institutional buildings account for 26%. Manufacturing and construction industries contribute 11%, and energy industries 2%. Together, they account for 70% of emissions.“The report says residential and commercial buildings constitute a large part of emissions, but doesn’t specify what to do in terms of mitigation,” G Sundarrajan, of Poovulagin Nanbargal, pointed out.

According to the projected flood risks, 29% of the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) area could be inundated within five years, and with 100 years, 56.5% would be at risk. In the next 100 years, 68% of slums are at a risk of inundation due to the population density there being twice as much as in the rest of the city. In the same period, 45% of physical infrastructure, such as MTC bus stops, CMRL stations and suburban railway stations, stands to be affected.

Source: Report calls for rethink as 29 per cent of Chennai city may be inundated in five years- The New Indian Express