A master plan for the renovation of canals and water bodies in Ernakulam would be prepared, Water Resources Minister P J Joseph has said. The minister was speaking at the inauguration of the renovation of the Edappally canal. Along with renovation works, the Water Resources Department would also complete the maintenance and repair works of various water distribution systems in a time bound manner, he said.
Apart from Edappally canal, the restoration work of the Ernakulam Market canal, Perandoor canal and Karanakodam canal would also be taken up. A fund of Rs 1 crore has been sanctioned for the first phase of the restoration work of Market canal. To prevent the dumping of waste in the Edappally canal, nets would be fixed on both sides. The project would be completed within a year, he said.
Union Minister for Food and Civil Supplies K V Thomas said that the district was losing out on its water resources owing to lack of maintenance. Paucity of funds is not the issue here, he said.
“The non-utilisation of funds has become the reason for the destruction of water bodies. If potable water scarcity needs to be tackled, then funds must be utilised,” he added.