Kerala

Kecheri river to get fresh lease of life

Five-day clean-up drive from today to rejuvenate the river

The Kecheri river, which has been reduced to a drainage canal due to rampant encroachment and waste dumping, will now get a second chance.

A project to rejuvenate the river is being readied with the coordination of people’s representatives, officials, voluntary organisations and the public.

A meeting convened by P.K. Biju, MP, here recently prepared an action plan to clean up the river.

The action plan mainly focuses on three steps — removing encroachments, stopping waste dumping and cleaning the river. The Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) will coordinate the rejuvenation project.

The river and its canals will be cleaned in the five-day drive from September 16 to September 20. The local body institutions will lead the cleanliness drive. Kudumbasree workers, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme workers and voluntary organisations will take part.

The mapping of the river has been done by students of the Kerala Agricultural University. A survey has been launched to find the borders of the river.

The survey will be completed in a month.

An expert team has been formed at KILA to give necessary guidelines for the panchayat-level team for the conservation of the river. The panchayats have been asked to submit projects for repair of small bunds in the river.

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