Published: 10th November 2021
After rains, IIT Madras seeks people's response on waterlogging for Chennai corporation's future plans
The flooding data provided by the people would help the Chennai corporation improve the design of roads, stormwater drains, and improve their maintenance
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has asked the people of Chennai to provide details of roads in their neighbourhood that are inundated after the city was lashed with heavy rains over the weekend. The Civil engineering department of the IIT will get support from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to advise Chennai corporation on its future construction plans.
Balaji Narasimhan, Professor of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras, in a statement said that the data provided by the people on flooding would help the Chennai corporation improve the design of roads, storm water drains and improve their maintenance. The Civil Engineering professor said that the department is working in association with Chennai corporation and the disaster mitigation agency to put together a real-time system in place.
Madras IIT has requested people to visit https://in.riskmap.org and click on it to submit reports. This will lead to activation of the user's Twitter account and ask the user to report flooding. Clicking on the report will activate the map Users can also upload photographs of the flooding site.
The IIT Madras is also trying to collect maximum data and would provide recommendations to the Chennai Corporation. The recommendations would also be provided to the state government. This is to get feedback from the Chennai corporation and the state government on the measures and infrastructure development they would make.
The professor also requested maximum participation of people who can provide details from their workplace, homes, or schools from where they see the flooding. The Civil engineering department is also working on a simpler version for people who do not have a Twitter account and would be available in a couple of days' time. Narasimhan also said that once people log in to the data it will act as an archive and will be used for basically improving the systems.