Chathurakulam gives relief since 187 years but now pollution concerns galore
Thrissur: Chathurakulam, a public pond constructed in 1832, is the main water source for the public at Karoopadanna near Vellangallur. The pond spread on over one-acre land was constructed to provide water to public to meet basic needs.
For the natives Chathurakulam is a magical pond. Because, it never dries up in the scorching summer and plays significant role to maintain water level in the wells close to the pond.
People who live on the premises of Canolly canal are taking drinking water from this pond as wells have salt water. Thus, the public are forced to depend on the pond for pure water.
Earlier, many people used Chathurakulam every day. But today most of the houses have water pipe connection. However, over 100 families and migrant workers are still using the pond.
But the pond is not cleaned for many years. The sides of the pond are almost under destruction. Though the wall was repaired, it is not completely reconstructed. As the sides of the pond is on the verge of crashing, the houses close to it is also under threat.
Waste from the nearest place is also getting dumped near the pond. The public demanded an amicable solution to avoid this.
“We will struggle to find drinking water if the pond remains polluted. The health department should take immediate action by checking the purity of water,” said the natives.
A few years back, the local government took action to protect the pond by including it in Jalasree project. But no contractors came forward to implement the project.
Public also filed petitions seeking to protect the pond by including it in Muziris heritage project.