Wells and streams in Ranni, Konni and Adoor have almost dried up
: Pathanamthitta district, especially its hilly tracts, is facing the bleak prospect of drinking water scarcity.
With the early onset of summer, in January, wells and natural streams in Ranni, Konni and Adoor have almost dried up.
The water level in the Pampa, Manimala and Achencoil as well as their tributaries has gone down drastically in the scorching heat.
People living on the banks of the Pampa along the Aranmula-Kozhencherry-Ranni stretch told The Hindu that attempts to deepen the wells had proved futile, as it badly affected the water quality in the wells.
The functioning of many drinking water supply schemes in the Pampa, Manimala and Achencoil has been affected owing to depletion of water level..
The Kerala Water Authority too is in a fix as pumping has been affected with the lowering of water level in the rivers.
People have to wait for long hours in queue at public water taps provided at select points at Kaviyur, Kalanjoor, Ranni, Konni, etc., to collect potable water every day.
Aruvappulam, Konni, Thannithode, Kalanjoor, Chittar, Seethathode, Kaviyur, Elakkulam, Nalloor, Karimanthode, Manneera, Kizhakkupuram, Koodal, Pramadom, Kottangal, Attachakkal, etc, are among the worst-affected areas.
Rocky and hilly tracts in the Pathanamthitta municipal limits too have been hit by drinking water scarcity. Anchakkala, Ottukal, Mundukottackal, Karimbanakkuzhy, Kumbazha mmuruppu,, etc, have been identified as the worst-affected municipal areas.
The tribal areas of Adichippuzha, Attathode and Gurunathanmannu have also been hit.
The tail race of the power generating stations at Moozhiyar, Seethathode and Maniyar is the lone source of water that provides a lean flow to the Kakkattar and Pampa rivers.
Conversion of wetlands
Indiscriminate demolition of hills, wanton conversion of wetlands, low-lying paddy fields and even small canals have contributed to the present sorry state of affairs, say Thomas P.Thomas and V.N. Gopinatha Pillai of Kerala River Protection Council.
District Collector P. Venugopal and Additional District Magistrate H.Salimraj said a total of Rs.1.5 crore had been sanctioned for drought relief measures to be taken on an emergency basis.
The administration has taken steps to reach potable water in tanker lorries to the worst-affected areas on the basis of requests from the local self-government institutions, Mr Venugopal said.
Water level recedes in major rivers Rs.1.5 crore for drought relief measures
Water level recedes in major rivers
Rs.1.5 crore for drought relief measures