“T” in #AtoZChallenge
Thamirabarani River (also called as Porunai) is a perennial river that originates from the Agastyarkoodam peak of Pothigai hills of the Western Ghats, above Papanasam in the Ambasamudram taluk. Thamirabarani river is an identity, civilization and symbol of Tamil culture down south.
I am sure that you all know about the history of Kaveri river. Sage Agathiyar was the one who was responsible for naming the Kaveri river as it is known today. The same way this river also has a deep association with the Sage. When the Sage reached the Pothigai, in the south of India, he released the water from his
As you may all know Agathiyar is closely associated with Ayurvedic/Siddha and medicinal plants. So, it’s not a wonder to find many medicinal plants in the Agathiar hill or so-called Pothigai hill.
One of the main source of water for irrigation and power generation in the Tirunelveli district is this river. Currently there are projects to make the river navigable. In near future it would also be connected to the Tuticorin port.
And you know what, this is the only perennial river in south India. Due to this continuous flow of water all through the year, this river is dominated with the largest collection of fishes like snakehead categories.
But how long is the question. Why?
Because, there are industries like Coco-cola and Pepsi which operates in this region that would empty the water much before we can imagine. Why can’t we take action or ban such industries? You may ask.
The process to draw water from this region was banned a few years ago. But then those companies went to court and won the verdict in 2018 and started continuing the operations.
Not just these companies that pose threat to this river, but also the regular sand mining and encroachment of other industries along the bank is a serious concerns now.
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter U? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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