The current Chennai floods brought back nightmare memories of the city’s 2015 rain, with roads submerged, water invading homes, and lakes overflowing. Despite several guarantees that the city’s infrastructure will be improved to prevent another disaster like the one in 2015, the mismanagement of Chennai’s stormwater drains ensured that the commitment remained just on paper.
Several stormwater drains were seen overflowing, with outlets obstructed, including those that were recently completed. The delay in constructing stormwater drains is one of the reasons behind this. Several projects started by the previous AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu have stagnated for a variety of reasons.