Kannur is one of the oldest municipalities in the country and the place is rightly called ‘the town of ageless charm.' Unfortunately, this charm is on the wane due to the presence of ‘Padanna canal' or ‘Padnnathode' which courses through the town. The canal was meant to carry rainwater into the sea to avoid flooding in the town during monsoon.
Clear water used to flow through this 2400-metre canal and it was rich in fish and aquatic flora. The situation changed when the municipality decided to let waste water through the canal. Authorities expected that filth would be flushed out at Payyambalam. The canal gradually got polluted. In spite of public agitations the authorities took no steps to save the canal.
M. Pradyu Thalikavu
The government is learnt to have given instructions to Census enumerators to classify coconut and areca nut as garden crops instead of agricultural crops. This could be an attempt to take away subsidies and other forms of financial assistance given to the growers of these crops. The decision would adversely affect the livelihood of farmers in Kerala. When welfare schemes are planned on the basis of Census-based data for the next Five-Year Plan, coconut and areca nut farmers would be affected adversely. The decision should be withdrawn in the interests of farmers. Kunhikannan
There is severe shortage of drinking water at many places in Kozhikode district. At rural Kuttiadi, people have to wait for hours to get sufficient drinking water. There seems to be shortage of Kerala Water Authority personnel to ensure uninterrupted supply of drinking water.
It is shocking that people have to spend valuable time to collect water, which is not enough to meet their basic needs. District Collector Dr. P.B. Salim, who is leading a laudable campaign to rid the district of plastic waste, should take action to end scarcity of drinking water, which is a basic necessity.
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