Kuttamperoor River

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Kuttamperoor River

News: The river in Allapuzha, Kerala has been in news for River rejuvenation project.

 It was dead for more than a decade due to waste dumping, encroachments, and other human activities.
 It has been rejuvenated through deepening the channel, removing encroachments, constructing bunds on both sides. The revival of the Kuttamperoor river is expected to help control floods in the region.

What is River rejuvenation?
 River rejuvenation is the process of reviving or restoring the natural flow and health of a river that has been damaged due to human activities such as waste dumping, encroachment, and pollution.
 The process involves removing pollutants, cleaning up riverbeds, and restoring the natural environment around the river.

What are impacts of river rejuvenation and what initiatives have been taken earlier?
 Promotes Biodiversity by restoring natural habitat of animals and plants.
 Boost tourism and livelihood opportunity for people.
 It can help control floods as already mentioned above.
 In 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change released Rs. 19,000–crore Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) on rejuvenation of 13 major rivers through forestry interventions. These 13 rivers are Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas, Sutlej, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Godavari, Mahanadi, Krishna, Cauvery, and Luni.

What are other examples? (Please locate river names on your map)
 The Rhine River in Europe was once highly polluted but has since undergone a massive clean-up effort that has transformed it into a vibrant and thriving ecosystem.
 River Thames – England
 Singapore River cleanup
 Ganga Action Plan - In India, the Ganga Action Plan is an ongoing project aimed at cleaning up and rejuvenating the highly polluted Ganga River.

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