Kerala HC forms committee to resolve Vaduthala bund issue

A lasting solution to the long-running Vaduthala bund issue might be on the cards, with the Kerala High Court  constituting a high-level committee for the same.

Published: 15th June 2022 04:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2022 04:02 AM   |  A+A-

Kerala HC

Kerala HC (File photo)

By Express News Service

KOCHI: A lasting solution to the long-running Vaduthala bund issue might be on the cards, with the Kerala High Court constituting a high-level committee for the same. The HC has directed the state government to appoint water resources secretary as  head of the committee.

“The committee will also include the superintending engineer of minor irrigation department, Kochi Circle; director of Kerala Engineering Research Institute (KERI); Cochin Port superintending engineer (dredging); Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) joint general manager/projects and Afcons infrastructure,” said Social Welfare Action Alliance Society (SWAAS)member Jacob Santhosh.

The HC has directed the government to constitute the committee at the earliest to prevent  delay in commencing the work. “The committee has been directed to initiate a necessary inquiry into the formation of the bund and a preliminary report has to be submitted to the HC within one month from the date of the receipt of the order,” he said.

The committee has to submit the final report within three months thereafter. The High-Level Committee will have the liberty to seek the assistance of any competent authority, including the police, and also verify the factual circumstances and obtain germane inputs from any source, including those from local residents, said the HC order.

Santhosh said that the HC order is a victory for SWAAS which has been fighting for the demolition of the Vaduthala bund that had formed in Vembanad Lake. “The bund developed over the years due to the accumulation of silt after debris from construction of the 4.62 km-long Vallarpadam Rail bridge blocked the Periyar water from flowing out to the sea,” he added. The bridge was commissioned in 2010. However, even a decade on, nobody bothered to remove the debris.

“The bund was largely responsible for the failure of Operation Breakthrough that was launched to address the flooding issues faced by the city,” said Jacob. Taking into cognisance the issue, the HC had suo-moto taken up the case in 2021, he pointed out. “For the time being the court has directed the  government to find ways to demolish the bund and not bother about who can be held responsible for the creation of the bund,” he added.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp