How to re­store Cau­very?

Dis­cus­sion throws up sev­eral sug­ges­tions

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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