Kozhikode: Meenchantha has a new water source thanks to the students of the Arts and Science College and members of the Fire Force. The initiative that marked the World Water Day is sure to have a lasting impact in the area.
Student volunteers and firemen joined hands to dig a tank in a grove attached to the college. The idea was first mooted by Prof. T Shobheendran, a green warrior, as a source of water for the medicinal garden proposed to set up by the NSS unit of the college.
Students took up the idea and descended on the grove with pickaxes and shovels under the leadership of NSS program officer Dr C P Baby Sheeba. They had a model worth emulating in a well dug in the same area earlier to address the drinking water shortage in the college in January.
The plan to dig a tank received support from unexpected quarters when District Fire Officer Arun Bhaskar came to know about the initiative. He offered the support of his colleagues to expand the tank.
About 40 firemen led by Meenchantha station officer Panoth Ajith Kumar joined 50 students of the college in forming the tank on Wednesday.
The tank was a reality in no time, with water streaming from all sides. The mud was pumped out to the nearby grove.
The authorities have offered to bring in an earthmover to expand the tank further. M K Muneer MLA has promised funds to build a retaining wall and steps leading into the tank.