The support from candidates to revive Kousika River and to include it in the much awaited Avinashi-Athikadavu Ground Water Recharge Scheme has brought hope among stake holders of the river. “Fifteen candidates have assured to raise their voice for the river in the Assembly,” says P.K. Selvaraj secretary of Athikadavu Kousika River Development Association.
The 52-km long river originating at Kurudi Malai near Narasimhanaickenpalayam in Coimbatore District flows through Kavundampalayam and Sulur Assembly segments in this district before flowing into River Noyyal at Vanjipalayam village in Avinashi Assembly segment in Tirupur district.
Dozens of villages in 19 village panchayats and three town panchayats are located on the banks of the river that has remained dry over the last few years. Ground water level went below 1,700 feet as there was no source to recharge the underground water table.
The association has sought connectivity between Avinashi-Athikadavu Ground Water Recharge Scheme and Kousika River, at two places. The distance between the river and the recharge scheme path is two km at Kovilpalayam and seven km at Thayanur close to Narasimhanaickenpalayam.
“Connecting the river at Thayanur will also provide drinking water source for wild animals,” he said. Kousika River has three tanks and 15 check dams in good condition on its course. The association has also suggested construction of 20 more check dams across the river to recharge the underground water table.Over the last three years the association has been fighting for inclusion of Kousika River in the ground water recharge scheme. They conducted awareness meetings for farmers and among villagers living on the banks of the river that remains dry over the last few years, before reaching out to bureaucrats and politicians. “The effort has now started yielding fruits,” Mr. Selvaraj said.
Candidates in Sulur Assembly segment even met the association representatives and sought support for them. Candidates of Kavundampalayam Assembly segment also spoke with the association representatives to find a possible solution. They had to get in touch with candidates in Avinashi Assembly segment as the river covered less than five km there and joined Noyyal. “Avinashi candidates have also understood importance of the project and support our cause,” says S. Ravichandran, an active member.
Fifteen candidates promise to raise their voice in
Assembly for revival of Kousika River