Encroachment on the river
They organized wide spread campaigns to create awareness among local people about the effects of this encroachment.
The Kallai River originates in Cherukkulathur in the Western Ghats . It runs only 40 kilometers to meet the Arabian Sea, but long history of culture, tradition and foreign trade runs through the veins of this great river.
Strong granite rock structures were erected during this period to make this waterway safe for navigation.
Rafts and country boats were used for transporting goods.
There was a link route to elathur via kanoli canal, a man made waterway connecting korapuzha river and the kallai river.
A song from a Malayalam film describes the Kallai River as a perfect setting for romance. But in reality, the same water body is slushy and polluted, making people living on the banks vulnerable to contagious diseases. A few decades ago, logs from Nilambur forests used to be tied together and rolled into the Kallai. This was the easiest mode of sending timber to saw mills 30 km away in Kozhikode. Now, silt has slowed down the river flow. Even small boats struggle for a smooth sail. Mangrove vegetation on the banks has been destroyed in many places and the river looks ugly. But locals still remember the songs composed on the beauty of river. Kallai was once the lifeline of Kozhikode but today it's dying a slow death because of pollution and sand mining. It is high time the authorities took some action.
Kallai Puzha Samrakshana Samithi
(Kallai River Protection Council )