Jalapayana held to create awareness on river pollution
MANGALURU: Children of Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendrain the city, along with green brigades of the National Environment Care Federation (NECF), took out—‘Jalapayana’—a rally on boatfrom Sultan Battery to Maravoor on the Phalguni river, to highlight the plight of rivers in Dakshina Kannada district, that are being polluted due to inflow of untreated water and industrial effluents.
Children highlighted the significance and current plight of the Phalguni and Nethravati rivers through a Tulu song created by them. Activists spoke on the significance of World Water Day, and the responsibilities of the public and the government. “If the polluting of rivers continues like this, we will have no other option but to drink polluted water in the future. We will continue our fight against the polluting of the rivers continuously,” said Adi, a student of Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra.
NECF secretary H Shashidar Shetty said the river was once the right destination for fishermen in the region, but is no longer so, due to pollution. “Earlier, fishermen caught prawns, crabs, shell-fish, lady fish, payye and other fish species from the river, but now these species are no longer available. Fishermen don’t venture into the river for fishing due to pollution,” he added.