Illegal razing of hills: River sources drying up in Kasaragod
Kasaragod: Several hills in the district have been destroyed, as even environment lovers withdrew from the fight to protect the rivers and hills in the state, fed up with government apathy in taking action.
As the hills have been razed down, around 12 tributaries have dried up in Kannur and Kasaragod districts. Villages are bearing the aftereffects of the drying up of the river sources, which lies near the hills.
The reason for the withdrawal of environmental activists from protesting the raising hills is the official apathy in taking action even they were informed of the illegal activity.
The reluctance of the locals to protest against the illegal activity was also a setback to the environmentalists. Hence, they had no choice but to withdraw from the protets as some influential people among the locals supported the razing down of the hills in several places. Environmental activist P Krishnan said that no action was taken even after complaint was filed against the razing down of hill at Pollapoyilil in Kodakkad.
More than 12 tributaries of Edachakki, Ramapuram and Kavvayai puzha that runs through Kasaragod and Kannur districts have dried up. The source of all these rivers are the ponds located in the valley of the hills. The apathy of the Geology department and local body institutions are killing the rivers. With the hills gone, the ponds have also dried up.