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The Most Polluted River at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. (Shapshot)
Remarks: The Cooum River is the Most Polluted River of India which ends in the city of Chennai (formerly Madras) draining into the Bay of Bengal. Along with the Adyar River running parallel to the south, the river trifurcates the city and separates Northern Chennai from Central Chennai.
The river is considered to be the shortest classified river draining into the Bay of Bengal and is only about 72km (45 mi) long. Its source is in a place by the same name 'Cooum' or 'Koovam' in Tiruvallur district adjoining Chennai district. Of the total length of 72km, the river flows in urban and peri-urban areas for 30km (19 mi) and rural areas for 42km (26 mi). In Chennai district, the river flows through three corporation zones—Kilpauk, Nungambakkam and Triplicane—for a total length of 16km (10 mi).
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