|Event Start Date:|
22nd March 2017
|Event End Date:|
26th March 2017
About 40 lakhs of people in Ernakulam district depend of Periyar for their drinking water. Kerala Water Authority supplies water from Periyar through its water line network of about 700 kms in the district. But this water is just chlorinated and not purified otherwise. The heavy metals, chemical compounds and pesticides are in no way removed from the drinking water. A major reason for Periyar pollution is the errant companies that function on the banks of the river. Added to this is the fact that the number of kidney patients in the district has shown a sharp increase from 200 to 136000 in a span of ten years. Cases of cancer, liver, lung disorders and skin problems are also alarmingly rising.
In this context, a group of young people under the banner Collective for Right to Live (CORL) has been actively involved in the campaign to save Periyar. Awareness programmes have been conducted among the college campuses, resident associations, various organizations, churches, temples etc.
From March 22 on which falls the World Water Day, to 26 it is planned to organize five days of fasting agitation and a public rally and a meeting of thousands of people at Marine Drive Ernakulam. A meeting of all like-minded organizations is scheduled to be held at Renewal Centre, Azad Road, Kaloor on Sunday 12th March at 4pm. Two or three representatives from your organization are kindly requested to take part in the meeting, to make the people’s campaign a successful one.
Fr Augistne Vattoly
Dr. Martin Gopurathinkal
Mary Lydia (email@example.com)