Nedumbassery: The night-long concerted efforts of local MLAs, people’s representatives and officials of the Irrigation Department helped in de-clogging the weed-ridden Manjali canal here in Ernakulam district.
The aquatic weeds blocked free flow of water resulting in inundation of houses on both sides of the canal putting many people in great distress.
The unwanted water plants were removed under the watchful eyes of Aluva MLA Anwar Sadath and Angamaly MLA Roji M John on Saturday night.
Many hectares of land near the canal were flooded flowing heavy torrential downpour in the area. Though the water level in the Chalakkudy River and Periyar dipped after the rains subsided, the thick spread of water weeds was standing in the way of water receding in areas adjoining the canal.
The MLAs held discussions with the Irrigation Department officials to find a solution to the problem. The sub-collector and people’s representatives visited the area following relentless pressure from parliamentarian Benny Behanan and former MP P Rajeev.
A huge amphibious excavator was pressed into service to remove the weeds in the night itself. Though the excavator broke down by 10 pm, the work continued after the technical glitches were rectified. By 3 am, the entire mass of weeds was removed from the canal facilitating free flow of water.
Nedumbassery panchayat president Mini Eldo, panchayat member N V Babu, Major Irrigation Department executive engineer M V Sunitha and assistant engineer K S Radhamani supervised the operations throughout the night.