Senior Congress leader and former Kerala Speaker V.M.Sudheeran said while there was no doubt that legislators should get facilities to improve their efficiency, the timing of going ahead with the multi-crore project was “shocking”. read more
A view of Cheruthoni dam with one open gate in Idukki, Kerala. More than 5 million people in Kerala were affected and over 200 killed in torrential rain and floods in August. The flooding, dubbed the worst to hit the state in nearly a century, caused massive damage. As rain intensified, authorities were forced to release water from 35 dams to manage rising levels in reservoirs, many of which are used to generate electricity.
A series of issues including soaring mercury level, unprecedented dip in water level of rivers, sudden drying-up of wells, depletion of groundwater reserves and mass perishing of earthworms have caused widespread concern in various parts of Kerala. read more