A British colleague of my friend, whose Great Grand Father was in charge of many water projects in Madras (building Canals & Bridges) during 1860s, is visiting Chennai in early June to see & photograph the places his great grand father worked. He wishes to get in touch with some historians (esp. Mr Muthiah, Mr Randor Guy etc)/organisations at Chennai, to discuss more on the topic. So far, his efforts to reach the concerned people over e-mail has been in vain. If you know or could point to the right person, please ping guruprasad [at] gmail [dot] com. Your help would be much appreciated.
I happened to see the CV of the person who worked at Madras and it is interesting to find the kind of works that were done those days. Lot of work seems to have happened w.r.t Madras Water Project, especially in places like Adyar river, Coovum basin, Red Hills Tank to name a few.