Nagercoil: Call to link Nambiyar river

So that surplus rainwater could be used for drinking

Nagercoil: The Pazhayar Protection Movement here has urged the Government to link the Nambiyar river with the Pazhayar River so that surplus rainwater could be utilized for drinking and irrigation purpose in Agastheeswaram and Thovalai taluks in Kanyakumari district.

The Pazhayer river production movement convener Tho Nainar said that the forum was committed to opposing globalisation, communalism and privatisation.

Steps would be taken to desilt the Pazhayar, which runs to a total length of 44 km. It once catered to the needs of farmers benefitting 16,550 acres. It started getting polluted after the municipal administration allowed sewage of the entire town to mingle with the Pazhayar.

Bushes, shrubs

Bushes and shrubs were found all along its banks and the entire river stretch has been encroached upon. He also expressed concern over exploitation of groundwater by multi-national companies. A research paper on vanished (encroached) ponds, tanks and other water bodies will be submitted at a special meeting, to be held at the earliest. He also appealed to the representatives of NGO, members of self-help groups and consumer forums attached to the Pazhayar Protection Movement to air their views and suggestions to their forum so that the famous river could be saved.

Steps should be taken to implement the proposed Nambiyaru river- Pazhayar link via Thirukurankudi (Nambiyaru) and Kodumudiyaru by connecting Panakudi and Aralvoimozhi areas through Chempakaramanputhur and Boothapandi.

He demanded cultivation of mangrove forest at Manakudi backwater area to minimise the nature’s fury.

They asked the Government to implement an underground drainage scheme in Nagercoil to prevent the Pazhayar free from any kind of pollution.

The Pazhayar Protection Movement has flayed the Nagercoil municipality for allowing sewage to flow directly into the Pazhayar river. A cross section of people has urged the Government to prepare a time-bound plan of action to renovate all water bodies in the district.

P.S. Suresh Kumar – From THE HINDU

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