Pamathattu-Kottanchery needs your support to continue as a hill

Pamathattu-Kottanchery needs your support to continue as a hill

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T. P. Padmanabhan Master started this petition to Chief minister of kerala and

The people of Kottanchery are running a steadfast campaign against a proposed quarry in their village. Kottanchery is a Western Ghats hill in Kasargode district of Kerala. This hill is a beautiful biodiversity spot near the Kerala- Karnataka interstate boundary.

The people of Kottanchery, including the tribal community called ‘Mala Vettuvan’ are determined to drive off the threat from their land. The proposal for the quarry gained green signal from the District Environmental Impact Assessment Authority. The local people say that many hectares of the hills are already purchased by quarry mafia for mining the granite from their village.

The proposed quarry is set to establish at Pamathattu in Kottanchery between two perennial streams at a distance of 100m. Quarrying will prevent the traditional drinking water source of the local community. These streams are the major tributaries of Kariangode River which in turn supports the agriculture and drinking water needs of thousands of people living in Kannur and  Kasargod districts along the 64 km length of the River before it joins the Arabian Sea. The lives of the people of Kottanchery are changing forever towards a natural disaster.

The explosions in the quarry would be their new normal. They will be forced to find new sources of water. They will live in their houses scared of the land slides that may happen in their heavy monsoons. They know that their region is categorized as unstable and high hazard zone by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority. The wells in the area with long tunnels might be vulnerable to the explosions in these quarries. Their region had also witnessed soil piping phenomenon in the recent past. The local community will be thrown to a polluted environment from a pristine environment.

Vellarikkund and Hosdurg taluks are two of the highest rainfall areas in Kerala because of the mountain ranges Kottanchery is part of. The damages made in the Kottanchery hills will have larger impacts on the monsoon rains in the valleys, water inflow in the Kariangode River and endless aspects of human life associated with it. Apart from the effects on the groundwater recharge and agriculture, this will have direct impact on the urban and rural drinking water facilities. Kariangode River is the source of freshwater to thousands of people in Kannur and Kasargod districts.

Kottanchery hills are also known as the cradle of environmental studies in Kerala since 1970s. Environmental organizations including SEEK (Society for Environmental Education in Kerala) have been conducting nature camps in the region since it is considered an ideal evergreen forests to learn ecology and environment.

In the name of development, for the benefits of a few, a rich natural heritage, environment, ecosystem and the livelihoods of people are going to be damaged in an irreversible manner. This has to be stopped. Let us join hands with the local community in protecting Kottanchery hills. Together we can urge the Government of Kerala to stop mining the precious Kottanchery hills.

 

 

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