People's commission for Vembanad ecosystemVembanad lake in Kerala is one of the major lakes lying adjacent to the Arabian sea. Effectively this large lake has reduced in its size. Almost two third of it cannot be considered as lake in its true sense, and out of this several portions are filled up for several activities.
Encroachments and human interference take place regularly killing this ecologically and environmentally rich area of Kerala. The very construction of Thanneermukkam bund for increasing the rice production on the eastern side of the bund (Kuttanad) was one major human action which affected the natural quality of the lake. Several living organisms like fishes, clams, etc. started slowly vanishing from the lake. This affected the livelihood means of several ordinary people, especially the weaker section. Added to this the tourism industry started to influence the area, which led to high level of encroachment to the landed as well as water areas. Water quality also started deteriorating due to pollution.
As a result of all these people working in traditional sectors started agitating against these, and moved the courts. Hon'ble Supreme court and High court interfered. A couple of cottages constructed were asked to demolish. The State Govt. was asked to submit a detailed report on encroachments and related issues.
Meanwhile a People's commission has been constituted to collect and study all details regarding this issue and submit the the report to the people of Kerala. Topmost Scientists, Economists, Planners, etc. are members of this commission. The work on report is expected to be completed within six months.