Resilient Chennai Vision
Our city leaders and citizens will think holistically, ecologically and with foresight, as well as act proactively and smartly to manage and respond to risks and vulnerabilities. We will leverage the linkages between urban, socio-cultural, economic and environmental development. We will be sensitive to the needs of those who are disadvantaged and will think and plan ahead of time to build a cleaner, greener, more liveable and inclusive city.
Enlightened: A city that revives our deep historical relationship with water and expands into our water basins and peri-urban areas by protecting and preserving our water bodies as an integral and priceless part of our urban fabric; where citizens take ownership and engage with civic issues to create public spaces that bring joy and pride, strengthening the city’s vibrant cultural identity; a city that cultivates champions of change in schools and colleges by teaching our youth to respect the natural world, embrace diversity, live sustainably and believe that their voices can be heard and do matter.
Just: A city that embraces its vulnerable peoples and treats them as key stakeholders in resilience building, who contribute and benefit from resilience strategies; where participatory planning protects multiple interests and visions; a city designed to be equitable and inclusive, ensuring that the needs of all sections of society are met.
Integrated: A city whose leadership and governance have a ‘big picture’ view to make better informed, more efficient decisions; where learnings are institutionalized and healthy engagement between and within stakeholder groups results in streamlined, integrated systems leading to improved outcomes with greater impact.
Inclusive, environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and culturally vibrant. This is OUR Chennai… Enlightened. Just. Integrated.