Terming the linking of Neyyar with Aruvikkara as a milestone in the history of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA), minister for water resources Mathew T Thomas said such efforts should continue in future as well.
“By adopting measures to bring water from Neyyar to Aruvikkara, setting up a drought management cell and initiating other steps to address water scarcity issues in other districts, we dealt with a social issue,” he said while inaugurating a programme organized to felicitate KWA officials who played a major role in solving the water crisis in the state. The minister also commended the roles played by the irrigation, power, disaster management, forest and police departments.
“Engineers played a key role in solving the water crisis. They worked united as part of the campaign,” Binoy Viswam, CPI leader and president of Engineers’ Federation of Kerala Water Authority, said.
KWA had revived a project to bring water from Neyyar dam to Aruvikkara, which helped solve the water crisis in the capital district. A dredger was brought from Alappuzha to pump water from Neyyar, and drinking water was supplied in tankers to high-level areas. Water kiosks were also installed at various places.