Chennai is the fourth largest urban agglomeration in India with its population of 7 million inhabitants. This traditional southern city has witnessed a tremendous growth in its manufacturing, retail, health care and IT sector in the last 10 years. Rise in population and growth in economic activity have led to emerging a variety of environmental problems such as air pollution, soil and water contamination, poor sanitation, etc.
Many people are becoming aware of the damage to the environment and of the existing problems such as insufficient garbage recycling and water management, but unfortunately it is preferred to hide it, rather than deal with it. It was very difficult to obtain the authorizations to take photos. And even in public areas I was stopped by the police or the security guards if they considered that I was not to photograph that place or that pile of garbage. In fact the information provided by government or by NGO’s is very scarce. Often the numbers and reports do not match even if we compare the reports of Central Pollution Control Board and of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control board. I just hope the awareness will lead to the solutions. And the living conditions of the most affected will be improved.