KOCHI: At a meeting convened to discuss pollution of Muvattupuzha river it was decided to initiate stringent action against those who dump waste into the water body. The meeting which was held the other day was chaired by Muvattupuzha RDO M G Ramachandran. He asked Piravom and Muvattupuzha municipalities and three panchayats- Maradi, Maneedu and Ramamangalam panchayats to immediately convene a special meeting of the respective councils to discuss ways to save the river from pollution.
At the meeting it was also decided to place boards warning against waste dumping at various places on the banks of the river and the bridges, before March 15. Besides, Suchitwa Mission will distribute pamphlets to people living on the banks of the river highlighting the need to clean the water body. It was also decided to form squads to check waste dumping and seek the help of police for patrolling.
The RDO asked Piravom municipality to prepare a project report for a sewage treatment plant and submit it to the government. To review the progress, a meeting will be convened on the third week of March, RDO said.
Dumping of waste including plastic bottles, beer bottles, used diapers and sacks full of slaughterhouse waste makes the river especially the Piravom stretch very polluted. The fact that Piravom stretch of the river is source for four major drinking water projects - Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission project, JICA aided drinking water project, Kakkad and Veliyannur drinking water projects highlights the seriousness of the problem. These projects cater to over 10 lakh people in Central Kerala.