Rejuvenation of water streams with people participation
Regeneration of water bodies is one of the main objectives of Haritha Kerlam Mission. Dumping waste materials, particularly waste materials of construction, are main reasons for the pollution of water bodies. Not only rivers but groundwater is also get affected by this contamination. Regeneration of lots of rivers and streams becomes happen in various parts of the state with the support and leadership of Local Self Government institutions by exploring the possibilities of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme workers. As part of these activities, 390 km long rivers and 34289 km long streams have been revived. On 8th December 2018, in connection with the second anniversary of the Haritha Keralam Mission, a river regeneration program was organized with people participation as Ellarum Jaashayangalilekku and cleaned up 137 water springs covering a distance of 210 km from various local bodies. The event was very popular and 30510 volunteers took part in the cleaning drive. In tune with this, it has been decided in the mission meeting chaired by Hon. Chief Minister to initiate a river stream rejuvenation programme in Kerala. The meeting has also decided that all local bodies should select at least one water stream for this drive.
The main reason our rivers are polluted is that their streams and flow into them become polluted. Therefore, the streams must be cleaned to avoid pollution. As part of 3rd anniversary of Haritha Keralam Mission, any one of the day between December 14 to 22, 2019, it is recommended to opt for one-day cleaning drive as part of the program ini njan ozhukatte.