Chennai allowed buildings to flourish, let water bodies shrink: CAG report
Holding the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority and various government agencies responsible for the 2015 floods, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said the CMDA allowed unregulated constructions along the city’s waterways.
In its report, CAG criticised the second master plan of CMDA for not demarcating flood plain zones to regulate construction along waterways. “CMDA liberally allowed constructions through conversion of land use from agriculture, non-urban and open space and recreation zones, resulting in steep increase in built-up areas and consequent reduction in soil recharge of rainwater. Such constructions shrank the water bodies leading to massive inundation in December 2015,” said the report.
Reacting to the report, a senior official said the flood was “a one in a 100-year occurrence”. Dubbing the CAG’s conclusions “far-fetched”, he said they were not based on scientific data. “To establish link, it needs a data-driven research,” he said.