Enlightened. Just. Integrated.
Welcome to the Chennai Resilience Centre, a unit of Care Earth Trust, supported by the Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and the Resilient Cities Network.
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.
near north Coromandel coast (just south of a small fishing village called Madraspatam) from Nayak rulers to build a warehouse or factory for trading purposes. In 1640 they built Fort St. George which eventually became the core of the colonial city.
the first municipal corporation in the British Commonwealth outside Britain.
The development in Royapuram opened up settlements in low-lying areas.
in the city which existed till 1953
began when Congress Party was elected in State Government at Madras Presidency in the first Provincial Election held in British India and issued an order in April 1938 making Hindi language teaching compulsory in all the secondary schools of the province.
a temporary solution was designed whereby English was to remain the official language for fifteen years while Hindi would be promoted as national language so English could be phased out.
in Tamil Nadu protesting and finally thwarting the possibility of inclusion of Hindi as the official language of India.
allowed defunct lakes to be filled in to accommodate housing schemes.
from 129 sq. km to cover 176 sq. km
Following the earthquake off the Indonesian coast (9.1 on Richter scale), a massive tsunami struck Chennai and surrounding areas wrecking tremendous havoc to livelihood and infrastructure.
Over the course of the Preliminary Research Assessment (Phase I), the Resilient Chennai team worked to understand the city’s context and identify key resilience challenges. The following broad areas have been identified for inclusion into the final Resilience Strategy for the city.