News Thanneermukkam bund fails to control saline intrusion 16 March 2018
Experts worry that crops may get destroyed if the salinity level is more than 2 PPT.
KOTTAYAM: The saline water intrusion into the Vembanad lake from the sea has increased posing a threat to the paddy crops of Kuttanad. The Thanneermukkam bund constructed in 1975 and the 'Orumuttus' (earthen bunds) have failed to protect the crops from salinity. The salinity level has increased in the outer portion of Vembanad lake, including the northern side at Vaikom, pointing to the disastrous effect of climate change. The crop may get destroyed if the salinity level is more than 2 PPT (a measurement to detect the presence of salt in one kilogram of water).
Picture courtsey: Thannermukkam bund Photo- Rajeev Prasad