After being mute spectators to a dying river in Kozhikode, local citizens have joined hands to bring back to life the river that once was the source of water for many residents as well as for parched fields.
Determined to restore the 8-km-long Pattarpalam-Pavayil puzha, local people have formed a committee for the protection and rejuvenation of the river.
At its prime, the river was the source of potable water for residents in three panchayats and it irrigated nearly 2,000 acres on either banks. The river also had nearly 50 bathing ghats, besides places for giving cattle a wash and, also performing funeral rites. Its waters were rich with fishes. But the river is now clogged with sedge and garbage and the water is sticky with mud, polluted and stagnant.
Therefore, the residents in three adjacent panchayats are reluctant to use the river water. Local people fear the death of the river would be an environmental disaster and a threat to livelihood. Because of extensive silting, there is flooding of fields and because of flood waters standing crops get damaged in nearby areas.