Save Kochi, Save Periyar Campaign has been initiated by The Kochi Post to highlight the deploring situation of the Periyar river and its impact on the drinking water system in Kochi. This is the second story under the series. You can read the first story here.
The lifeline for Kochi dwellers and the longest river in Kerala, the Periyar originates from Sundaragiri hills in Tamil Nadu and travels 244 km to reach Vembanad Lake. But what if the same river that is supposed to give life to the people and ecology is actually taking life away from them?
The alarmingly rising pollution levels in river Periyar have been a constant cause of concern for decades now. However, according to Researcher G. D. Martin, people who rely on this river and the concerned authorities fail to understand the gravity of the situation.