Rivers in Kerala are assailed by pollution, sedimentation, sand mining, and constriction of flows. The indiscriminate and unscientific sand mining, even in the midst of many regulatory and protective measures for their conservation, have made the condition of these rivers pathetic.

‘Illegal sand-mining rampant in almost all rivers in Kerala’

Environment organisations have called upon the State government not to permit sand-mining in rivers and coastal areas without conducting the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) as stipulated by the National Green Tribunal.

Recent ban on unauthorised river sand-mining

The National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s recent ban on unauthorised river sand-mining is expected to go a long way in saving the Bharathapuzha. The order is expected to save many rivers in the State which have been over-exploited and destroyed by sand-mining.

NGT’s recent ban on unauthorised sand-mining

The National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s recent ban on unauthorised river sand-mining is expected to go a long way in saving the Bharathapuzha.
The order is expected to save many rivers in the State which have been over-exploited and destroyed by sand-mining. Various committees had pointed out that sand-mining caused erosion of riverbanks, reduction of flow, and a consequent destruction of river eco-systems.

The Kerala State Planning Board will submit a Rs.1,222 crore Bharathapuzha Basin Development Plan soon to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for getting financial aid from it for the project.

The Planning Board member C.P. John told The Hindu on Saturday that the Planning Board held discussions with the WWF delegation two months back on the issue and they were positive about assisting the project.

The entire Western Ghats must be considered as ecologically sensitive, especially to ensure the sustainability of the rivers of the Indian Peninsula, the Madhav Gadgil Committee report has said.

As part of our environmental analysis of the Bharathapuzha river basin, southern India, we examined the trend of temperature in the basin for a period of 36 years (1969–2005). It shows an overall upward trend in annual and daily temperatures. The temperature during winter, and the southwest (SW)
and northeast (NE) monsoon also showed significant increase.

Kerala Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph said a Ministerial-level talk between Kerala and Tamil Nadu would be held soon on the renewal of the inter-State Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) to resolve the long-standing issues on sharing the waters of Periyar, Chalakudipuzha and Bharathapuzha.

Addressing journalists after a review meeting of projects under his Ministry here on Friday, Mr.

For better tourist facilities

Toilet complex opened on banks of the Bharatapuzha

River management funds to be used to protect its banks

MALAPPURAM: Minister for Devaswom Kadannappally Ramachandran has said that he will initiate a joint move with the Ministers of Revenue and Tourism to develop the banks of the Bharatapuzha at Kuttippuram into a larger destination of religious tourism.

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