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The unending rains may fill the Kothavadi lake

The unending rains may fill the Kothavadi lake

Kothavadi lake

Farmers of Kothavadi in Kinathukadavu taluk and nearby villages are upbeat as water has been released to Kothavadi lake after three years. 

Water from Thirumoorthy hill used to feed the lake, which has shrunk and spread across 150 acres. After several check dams were constructed in the stream, water rarely reached the lake. It has been more than 20 years since the lake reached its full capacity, locals said.

A year ago, locals and activists joined hands to form the Kothavadi lake
restoration committee to restore the lake by strengthening its bunds. They started doing it manually on weekends with the help of a private firm that offered a corporate social responsibility fund for the initiative.

With the Thirumoorthy dam’s catchment areas receiving copious rain this year, villagers urged authorities to fill the lake using water from the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project channel. Pollachi MP K Shanmugasundaram took up the issue and got approval to release water to the water body.

Water is expected to reach the lake on Friday, Kothavadi village panchayat president K R Rathinasamy said. “Officials concerned have promised to supply water till the lake is filled to the brim. It will benefit thousands of acres of land directly and indirectly”. S Sivaraja of the Kousika Neerkarangal Team, which provided technical expertise for lake restoration, urged the government to issue an order to release water to the lake regularly. Farmers of kinathukadavu taluk are happy for which the water will reach their farmlands to support the cultivation.

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