Mylapore was originally designed as a smart city with a resilient water infrastructure capable of retaining water in the monsoons for use in the dry season. Modern development patterns in this historic core of Chennai have erased the functionality and knowledge of its temple tanks. But with a brilliant existing water infrastructure and ideal soil conditions, there is no reason for Mylapore to be left vulnerable to floods and droughts as it has in recent years. “Mylapore Trail” seeks to restore and enhance Chennai’s important water heritage, making it a proven model for the rest of the city as well as a sustainable tourist attraction.
Two historic temple tanks that no longer function are to be restored by collective efforts in increasing ground water recharge which eventually restores water levels in the tanks. Public spaces are designed with NBS as new dynamic tanks which treat and recharge rainwater run-off while private properties, both residential and commercial, treat and recharge grey water through decentralised NBS. An integrated network of bioswales connects the new recharge tanks to make a resilient and highly visible system that increases awareness, highlights historic areas and improves the overall attractiveness of the neighbourhood for the benefit of tourism, commerce and livability.