The 42.5 km-long Adyar river, once regarded as the pride of Chennai, is becoming a polluted river. More and more drainage channels from various ends of the city mix in Adyar river. However Adyar is the source of livelyhood for number of washermen. From Manapakkam bridge (near war cemetry) I have viewed the washermen washing and drying the clothes. The riverbed is highly polluted with drainage water, yet the river is also becoming washing area.