Moots district task forces for implementation of Act

Kottayam: Congress leader V.M. Sudheeran has called for setting up task forces at the district-level for effective implementation of the provisions of the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wet Land Act.

Inaugurating a workshop on


Pampa Action Plan: The picture shows how the human intervention has narrowed down the river.

G K Nair

The water quality and primary productivity of Valanthakad backwater (9

ALAPPUZHA: Large quantities of sand, mined from the Vembanadu lake during the dredging of the Kollam-Kottappuram Inland Waterway-III at Thanneermukkom, is alleged to have been illegally transported to various places inside and outside the State.

A study carried out by the Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) has reported heavy metal pollution in Vembanad Lake and the rivers emptying into it.

The Vembanad wetland system is straddles Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts. It lies at sea level, and is separated from the Arabian Sea by a narrow barrier island.

Soft shell turtles are among the most threatened groups of freshwater animals that are in need of urgent conservation attention.

The Vembanad lake, the second largest wetland in India, is in a state of precipitous decline.

To enable half yearly performance review of the programmes of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, the Planning Commission, Government of India, on 13th June 2008 constituted an Expert Team to visit three wetlands viz.

Rivers in the southwest coast of India are under immense pressure due to various kinds of human activities among which indiscriminate extraction of construction grade sand is the most disastrous one. The situation is rather alarming in the rivers draining the Vembanad lake catchments as the area hosts one of the fast developing urban-cum-industrial centre, the Kochi city, otherwise called the Queen of Arabian Sea. The Vembanad lake catchments are drained by seven rivers whose length varies between 78 and 244 km and catchment area between 847 and 5,398 km2.