Shri. Thiruvenjoor Radhakrishnan
Hon. Minister of Water Resources
Govt. of Kerala,
Brief Note on `Pampa Action Plan' under National River Conservation Programme (NRCP)
Ref : 1) 39027/1/2001 - NRCD II dated 03-05-03 from The Under Secretary, MoEF, Govt. India.
2) G.O. (RT) No. 1409/WRD dtd., 18-11-2003 of The Principal Secretary, WRD,Govt. of Kerala
The National River Conservation Directorate under MoEF had accorded Administrative Approval and sanctioned 70% central share of Rs: 12.92 crores on May 3-2003 vide order No: J-39027/ 1/2001- NRCD II for the 11 pollution abatement schemes at Sabarimala and Pampa estimated 18.45 crores, as the Ist phase of Pampa Action Plan and an amount of Rs. 75 lakhs gave already been given to the Govt. of Kerala.
The cost of River Conservaton works shall be shared between the Central and States / Local bodies, Public on 70 : 30 basis. The public shall contribute not less than 10% of the cost as per the guide lines of NRCA.
The former Union Minister for Environment and Forest Sri. T. R.Balu had announced the proposal for the inclusion of the Holy River Pampa in the National River Conservation Programme (NRCP) on June 15, 2001 at Thiruvananthapuram as a result of the representation submitted by Sri. N.K.Sukumaran Nair, Gl. Secretary of Pampa Parirakshana Samithy through then M. P. Sri. Ramesh Chennithala. The Pampa is the only river from the State, included in the N.R.C.P.
The State Govt. had submitted a Feasibility Report to the Govt. of India (MoEF) in December 2002. The project proposals estimated to cost Rs. 319.70 crores envisages to clean the Pampa river water by providing various pollution abatement schems at townships from Sabarimala Pampa to Thakazhy in Kuttanadu. Provisions for Rural Sanitation have also been provided in 36 panchayats in the river Basin.
The implimentation of the action plans would improve the water quality, and help to extend basic facilities to the Sabarimala pilgrims.
As per the guidelines of N.R.C.D, the state Govt. is supposed to submit Detailed Project Reports (DPR) with firmed up cost estimates for various sub-components after the scheme is approved by the NRCD. Those DPRS are appraised and approved by the MoEF, following which, administrative approval and expenditure sanction are issued. On the basis of these sanctions the State Govt. / implementing
Sri. E. K Bharat Bhushan I.A.S.
Health / Devaswam
(Chief co-ordinator, Sabarimala pilgrimage)
Sub : Implimentation of Pampa Action Plan
I am enclosing here with a brief note on Pampa Action Plan , for your kind information and perusal, as desired by you during our meeting. I am also enclosing two writeups (Malayalam) about brief history of Pampa Action Plan and our proposals to be implemented. Excuse for delay since, I was busy with some personal problems.
As you know the pollution level in pampa waters during last Sabarimala seasons was alarmingly high. Over 30 lakh people using pampa river water for their daily needs as well as the wild life of Periyar Tiger Reserve are facing serious health hazards with the rivers became lesspool of filth during the last pilgrimage season. Despite the alarming nature of the pollution of river water upto Kuttanadu, neither the Govt. of Kerala nor the KSPC Board has taken note of tragic situation.
It is high time to take legal action according to the Water Act 1974, against the Travancore Devaswam Board as they have permitted heavy inflow of sewage into the river from their toilet complexes and even their STP at Cheriyanavattom.
I may request you to be kind enough to look into the matter personally and take appropriate actions to implement the integrated cleaning of the Holy River Pampa and thereby save lakhs of pilgrims all over India as well as over 30 lakhs people residing on the banks of the river.
I would be thankful to you, if you will spare some time to discuss this matter in detail.
Acc. a) A brief note
b) Copy of G.O. N. K. Sukumaran Nair
c) Copy of Paper reports (General Secretary)
Sri. R. Sambasiva Rao
Parliamentry Standing Committee on Water Resources
New Delhi - 1
Sub : River Interliking - Pampa - Achenkovil - Vipar - Link Project -
Submission of Memorandum
I wish to submit the accompaing memorandum pertaining to the Pampa - Achenkovil - Vipar - Link Project which is included in the list of 30 interlinking of rivers proposed by the N.W.D.A.
I request that, you consider our representation seriously and decide not to go ahead with this disastrous scheme.
About Pampa Parirakhana Samithy
The Pampa Parirakhana Samithy is a voluntarary environmental organisation (NGO) actively engaged in environmental activities and fighting for the Holy River Pampa and its tributeries Achenkovil and Manimala and its enviorns. We have organised several effective campigns to focus attention on the degredation and polltion of river water especially in the Holy River Pampa since May 1993. This Samithy has published booklets, detailing the causes of degradation of River Pampa and its remedys and conducted several seminars, workshops public meetings and training camps etc all along the banks of the River Pampa. The Samithy played a key roll to include the River Pampa in the National River Conservation Plan and formulate Pampa Action Plan. The samithy is also the instrumental organisation to formulate Kerala protection and river banks and Regulation of Removal of Sand Act 2001.
Yours faith fully
14-07-2005 N.K. Sukumaran Nair
Kozhencherry General Secretary