ALAPPUZHA: A get-together of environmentalists, representatives of various science and technology institutions and non-governmental organisations here on Monday has passed a resolution demanding the government to appoint a credible national agency to prepare a study report on the Pampa-Achencoil-Vaipar Link Project.

Pilgrims putting broken coconut pieces into the `homakundam

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

ARANMULA: The dumping of huge quantity of waste generated at the Oottupura of Sree Parthasarathy Temple here on the banks of the Pampa and the liquid waste flowing directly into the river have been causing pollution of the river.

The pollution status of the river has gone up considerably with the beginning of the festival season of Vallasadya, ritualistic feast given to oarsmen of snakeboats, at the temple. An average of three Vallasadyas take place at the temple every day during the period, according to temple authorities.

The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to form a river basin authority for smooth implementation of the Pampa Action Plan. It recommended issue of an Ordinance to the Governor for constituting the authority on an urgent basis. The Pampa River Basin Authority, as per the proposed Ordinance, will have powers to take executive decisions on implementation of various projects under the Action Plan. The Plan aims at controlling the pollution of the river.

pongamia buses: Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is running its 81 buses in Doddbalapur station (rural Bangalore), on a 10 per cent pongamia blend. These buses consume 6,000 litres

Sabarimala bursting at the seams with devotees but environmental concerns ignored

The Pampa river in Kerala is dying a slow death

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

PCB collects samples from appam, aravana plants

Unholy treatment: Waste from the Devaswom mess found dumped in the Sabarimala forests.

SABARIMALA: The pollution graph at the Sannidhanam is fast rising with filth from the toilet complex, donor homes, appam and aravana plants and devaswom and police mess, flowing into the surrounding forests.

A team of Pollution Con