Pumping hit by sluggish waters of river

The entire Ramanthali panchayat faces an acute shortage of water following disruption of pumping from the Kakkadavu project launched for supply of water to the Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala here.

The pumping has been affected by the sluggish waters of the Kakkadavu river flowing through the Kayyur and Cheemeni areas in Kasaragod district.

Though the Kakkadavu project was started to supply water exclusively to the INA, water for the panchayat is supplied from it through a branch pipeline. However, continuous pumping of water from the river for the project has become impossible now.

The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) has suspended the supply of water to the panchayat since the past week, even as it struggles to pump water to the INA, which requires 30 lakh to 40 lakh litres a day.

Two 200 hp pump-sets used to be operated simultaneously to supply water to the INA and the panchayat. Now, it is not possible to supply even 20 lakh litres of water to the INA with a 100 hp pump-set being used only at intervals, a KWA engineer at Payyannur said. “The flow of water in the river has come down to such an extent that it is not possible to operate the 100 hp pump-set continuously,” the engineer said. KWA officials said unauthorised pumping of water for irrigation by people living on either side of the river banks in the upstream had aggravated the situation. Nearly 600 pump-sets were being operated to extract the river water, they said. The only solution, the officials said, was the construction of a 15-metre-high dam across the river which could store water for nearly three months.

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