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Urgent matter: Narmada Bachao Andolan activist P. Prasad inaugurating a dharna on Wednesday on the banks of Sasthamcotta Lake for the protection of the lake.
Urgent matter: Narmada Bachao Andolan activist P. Prasad inaugurating a dharna on Wednesday on the banks of Sasthamcotta Lake for the protection of the lake.

Staff Reporter

Demand to save Sasthamcotta Lake

KOLLAM: The indefinite relay satyagraha organised by the Sasthamcotta Lake Protection Action Council demanding measures by the government to conserve the fast shrinking Sasthamcotta Lake entered the 12th day on Wednesday.

Expressing solidarity with the action council, members of the Paristithi Samrakshana Ekopana Samthi joined the satyagraha on the banks of the lake on Wednesday.

Inaugurating a meeting in this connection, Narmada Bachao Andolan activist and convener of the CPI State-level sub-committee on environment P. Prasad called for the immediate ban of clay and sand mining in West Kallada, which borders the lake. He said environment protection should be included as a main agenda of all political parties.

Chairman of the samithi R. Gangaprasad presided over the meeting. Samithi general convener Odanavattam Vjayaprakash said the samithi would hold a dharna in front of the Kollam Collectorate on May 14. Coordinator of the Clean Kerala Mission Muraleedharan Nair visited the lake on Wednesday for an on-the-spot study. He said he would submit a report in this connection to the State government by Friday..

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