K. C. Venugopal, MP, has urged the State government to initiate steps to demolish the earthen embankment in the middle of the backwater as part of the third phase of construction of the Thanneermukkom bund.
“The government should act to end the uncertainty over removing the earth. The lax attitude on the part of the government in demolishing the earth bank has aggravated the flood situation in Kuttanad. It should remove the earth and open shutters to ensure the smooth flow of water,” Mr. Venugopal said after visiting Thanneermukkom on Monday.
Although the irrigation wing of the Water Resources Department removed a small portion of the embankment recently, the demolition process has not yet gained momentum. The Thanneermukkom grama panchayat has made a claim over the 1.5 lakh cubic metres of earth to be removed as part of the demolition of the embankment, which resulted in a stand-off between the local body and the contractor. Officials said the earth removed would be kept at a nearby site until a final decision was taken on the matter.
The third phase of construction, which commenced in September 2014, will replace the embankment in the middle by 28 steel shutters. The project is almost complete, except for some electrical work and demolition of the embankment. The bund across the Vembanad lake, was built to keep the water balance and prevent intrusion of salt water into Kuttanad.
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