Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Bharathappuzha River

River Bharathappuzha flows through Pattambi and the nearby Panchayats. Renowned writers such as M.T. Vasudevan Nair and Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri have been influenced by the Nila River's beauty. Continued sand mining of the river's beds, however, has tarnished its beauty. The mining also disrupts the river bed and causes reeds and river grass to grow, which obstruct water flow. Frequent droughts have resulted from this continuous sand mining, due to a fall in the water table. The sand lobby influences the police force and other authorities. Police officers and other officials who objected to the mining lost their jobs..

There is a causeway linking the north and south coasts of Bharathappuzha at Pattambi, which is one of the important bridge links across the river.

Efforts of organizations such as the Bharathappuzha Samrakhshana Samithi (Bharathappuzha Conservation Committee) led by Dr.K.P. Mohammed Kutty and Adv. Udhayavarman had made some progress in raising awareness among the public about the need of conserving the river.

Off-late, social networking sites like Facebook have active groups with a purpose of saving the river named as Bharathappuzha Samrakhshana Samithi

Major causes of the river pollution are attributed to the waste originating from hotels, hospitals and houses that directly discharged into the river rather than being run through a sewage treatment plant. The river, once a habitat for a variety of aquatic life, is close to becoming an ecological disaster.

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