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Koyilandy municipality wins award again in Kozhikode

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A series of dedicated activities including restoration of unused private ponds after attaching them as a public property, reclamation of encroached portions of rivers, innovative methods to protect mangroves, and decentralised waste management schemes made the Koyilandy municipality deserve the State government’s Natural Resources Conservation Award for this year.

The honour comes as double delight to the municipality, as the local body had already secured the State Pollution Control Board’s award for this year for its imaginative waste management initiatives.

“It is our sincere effort to conserve and creatively use natural resources that paid off,” says K. Santha, chairperson of the municipality.

Ponds restored

The municipality restored around 20 private ponds varying in size from five cents to 30 cents during the last two years using the fund of the local body as well as of the Irrigation Department. “Restoration of a pond costs around Rs.20 lakh on an average,” says Ms. Santha.

Most of these water bodies were in a very bad shape with their edges caved in and covered by moss when the municipality approached them. “Now all of them are being used for irrigation and other purposes including bathing by the public in their respective regions,” the municipality chairperson said.

Paddy fields

Protection of paddy fields in different areas under the municipality with the help of people’s committees was another significant programme by the local body that helped it fetch the award.

“It is a known fact that filling paddy fields is a tough task anywhere in the municipality limits now,” says N.V. Balakrishnan, environmental worker and journalist from Koyilandy.

“This is in contrast to the rampant filling activities going on in the neighbouring panchayats including Ulliyeri and Keezhariyur,” he said.

According to Ms. Santha, faming activities including paddy cultivation had increased considerably in the municipality area during the last few years.

“Ours is also a local body that allocates a relatively large sum (Rs.45 lakh) for agriculture in its annual budget,” she said.

Waste management

The waste management initiatives implemented by the municipality through a campaign called ‘Change Koyilandy,’ was another achievement.

“We have not only effectively banned the sale of plastic covers in local body limits but also ensured that plastic plates, glasses, and straws are not used even for wedding parties here,” she said.

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