Staff Reporter

  • Plachimada panel submits memorandum to Minister
  • Panel says legal, administrative steps yet to be initiated

    PALAKKAD: The Plachimada Struggle Solidarity Committee has, in a memorandum to the State Government, demanded the implementation of the notification issued by it on November 19, 2005, regulating the use of groundwater.

    Committee convenor R. Ajayan on Wednesday submitted the memorandum to Minister for Water Resources N.K. Premachandran.

    Delay alleged

    The memorandum said that despite the acute shortage of groundwater in the State, the Government notification had not been implemented.

    It also said five revenue blocks in the State were declared "over-exploited" areas. All the 151 blocks in the State were categorised as safe in 1999, but within five years, one-third of the blocks were declared unsafe.

    Five of the blocks were said to be over-exploited, 15 critical and 30 semi-critical as per the `Dynamic Ground Water Resources of Kerala as on March, 2004,' prepared by the Ground Water Department of the Kerala Government and the Central Groundwater Board.

    Chittur (Palakkad), Kodungalloor, Athiyanur (Thiruvanathapuram), Kozhikode and Kasaragod were declared over-exploited.

    The Chittur block included the Perumatty grama panchayat where a unit of the Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages is located, the memorandum said.

    The memorandum said administrative and legal steps were yet to be initiated.