How to restore Cauvery?
Discussion throws up several suggestions
Bringing back traditional water recharging systems, stopping of sand mining in the river and working at the village-level involving panchayats were suggestions made by panelists at a daylong discussion on ‘Interrogating Cauvery Calling’, organised by the Asian College of Journalism on Saturday.
Leo Saldanha, Environment Support Group, suggested that collective efforts be taken. Bhargavi S. Rao, environmentalist, strongly advocated stopping sand mining. N. Ram, chairman,
THG Publishing Pvt. Ltd, said planting trees on the banks of the Cauvery and farmlands was clearly not the way to go. Many great achievements under different civilisations were due to the river, he said.
Nithyanand Jayaram, environmentalist, listed out points against the Cauvery Calling project, proposed by a private Coimbatore-based foundation, and said he would not give ₹42 to plant a tree along the river bank. Jayaram Venkatesan of Arappor Iyakkam said there was a need to make governments more accountable.