Friday, May 29, 2009

Monsoon Time is Disease Time in Kerala – See These Photos to Know the Reasons

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(Reply for this blog post from the office of Dr Shashi Tharoor, MOS for External Affairs and MP from Thiruvananthapuram is given at the end of the post. Please scroll down)
Monsoon has reached Kerala and with that we hear news of outbreak of diseases – Cholera, Viral fever, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever to name a few of them. This is a phenomenon that is recurring in the last few years during the monsoon season. Every year a few hundred people die and thousands of people get sick. Every year we hear the authorities assuring the people that steps will be taken to prevent these diseases. But do they do anything to prevent these diseases?
Here are few photos my father sent me a few days back from Trivandrum. See the three photos below. This is the photo of “Amaezhanjhan Thoodu” that flows through the heart of the city. It is supposed to be a stream but right now it is drainage. When it rains the entire plastic and waste clog the stream and water gets into the road flooding the busy roads and infecting the people using the roads. This stream is used to dump all waste and wastewater and it is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other disease causing organisms.
See the photo below. You can see a house on the right side of this so called stream. They have to be extremely lucky not to get a disease.

Another set of photos – these photos were taken at a place called Thiruvallam where Karamana River meets another stream “Parvathy Puthanar”. This is a holy place for the Hindus as it is on its bank the temple dedicated to Parasurama, the creator of Keralam, is located. This is the exact location where during ‘Karkadaka Vavu’ thousands of people do “bali” in memory of their ancestors. It was the place I have taken holy dip so many times. This was the place thousands of kids use to learn swimming. All these have become the thing of the past. The “Parvathy Puthanar” brings in entire drainage from the Trivandrum City and the Karamana River is fully polluted. See the color of the water and waste that has accumulated on the side of the river. Again, situations like this are an open passport for various diseases when monsoon rains come.

Yes, it is true that responsible authorities are not doing sufficient to keep our environment safe. But as citizens are we doing our duty? We, the common man also have some responsibility of dumping these wastes in these streams. Let us all join together to spread the word about the need to protect the environment from any kind of pollution.
Here is the reply I got from the office of Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs and MP from Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
Dear Brijesh:

Dr. Shashi Tharoor wanted me to respond to your blog <>

I've detailed below points raised in that blog and its possible solution.

Amayizhanjan Thodu (Kannanmoola Thodu):
Kannanmoola thodu starts from the up stream side of Kannanmoola bridge and ends in Akkulam lake. Pazhavangadi thodu, Ullor thodu and Pattom thodu join this thodu near pump house on the upstream side of Kannanmoola bridge. As in the case of other canals this is also in a very poor condition in view of its carrying capacity, pollution, bank erosion and low velocity. Unless the condition is improved flooding in these areas are most likely and the hygienic condition will further worsen.

Parvathy Puthanar (TS Canal):
It is the major man made drain in the city. 36 small drains from the city
discharge into this canal. This canal runs parallel to the sea in the coastal belt of Thiruvananthapuram city.

Pollution at Thiruvallom:
Karamana River and Killi River used to be the life lines of the city. They flow together from Pallathukadavu up to the downstream of Thiruvallom bridge where the river again splits as two tributaries one of which falls into the Arabian Sea and other joins the Parvathy Puthanar forming an island in between known as Edayar island.

The existing sewage farm at Valiyathura is overloaded, resulting in overflow and seepage to the Parvathy Puthanar Canal and results in pollution of surrounding water bodies including the one used by devotees of Thiruvallom Shree Parasurama Temple. A modern Sewage Treatment Plant at Valiyathura is proposed as the only corrective measure.

Possible Solution:
The 526 crore Central government funded City Development Plan of TVM under JNNURM has provisions for sewage, waste management and canal waste management, which when implemented would solve the above issues. Dr. Shashi Tharoor is following up the implementation of this scheme by Corporation of TVM.


Thanks a lot for Dr Shashi Tharoor and his team to taking time to reply to one of the main issues facing Trivandrum. Let us hope in the next five years these issues will be solved forever.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...


THis is one of the things that we have to learn from the US. do not litter, it lands up in our rivers and streams.


May 29, 2009 2:32 PM  
Blogger silverine said...

It is a hopeless situation...even here in Bangalore. Drains are choked with plastic. It is high time we made it mandatory for companies that sell their product in plastic bottles like cola companies, pharmas, mineral water companies etc to take back empty bottles for recycling. Right now people just dump it into the dustbin or roads. I saw an Onam program on Asianet three years back where actor Jayaram was celebrating Onam on the beach with some fans. At the end of the program he threw down the plastic glass in which he was having payasam onto the sand and walked away. What does that teach viewers?

May 29, 2009 2:51 PM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

How very true!

We know exactly where the show pinches but we still have done nothing about it. Imagine this, Trivandrum is considered among the cleanest cities in India. So if the above photos can be attributed the adjective "clean" then I wouldn't like to imagine "dirty"..

May 29, 2009 9:54 PM  
Blogger thiru said...

This is a problem everywhere in India... Its amazing how the US get in control with such issues...Strict rules and law...Throw a can or plastic on the road, you get fined for $2500...thats what they need to do in India too...Apart from that this there is this governance which doesn't bother about such kind of issues. I think the first step would be to atleast install recycle bins ( The companies like coke and others who help create these pollution need pay for those)and recycle stuff so that atleast people who care as citizen wouldn't throw in the drainage system. I think as a drainage engineer I can write blog on this..

May 30, 2009 3:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You forced your father to go this shitty places to take photographs. Shame on you!


June 01, 2009 6:46 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

I should say from learn from Singapore. They follow it more stricter than any one else.

Film stars is also part of society.

Correct! I have seen "Koovam" river in Chennai.

You dont have to go to any shitty place to take these photos. these are places at the heart of Trivandrum and every one has to go through these place almost every day.

June 01, 2009 6:50 AM  
Blogger Rajaganesh said...

Strict laws to enforce and self conscience to control can only make this achievable....long way to go, but i am sure its possible.

June 09, 2009 5:06 PM  
Blogger keralafarmer said...

"We, the common man also have some responsibility of dumping these wastes in these streams".
All of us are trying to keep our surroundings clean and the waste is for others. Our responsibility to save the environment is a must for the next generation.

August 07, 2009 10:36 AM  
Blogger keralafarmer said...

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August 13, 2009 8:11 AM  
Blogger keralafarmer said...

The news about this post published in Expressbuzz by Asha.

August 13, 2009 8:16 AM  
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January 03, 2010 8:54 PM  
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Blogger keralafarmer said...

See what happened to the river?

February 21, 2011 1:02 AM  

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