40 bags of plastic waste cleaned to unclog mangroves | Kochi News

KOCHI: Leading by example to clean up the city’s clogged wetlands, four natives of Vypeen stepped forward to help the suffocating mangroves breathe by collecting around 40 bags of plastic waste, thrown by visitors atop the mangrove roots along the Marine Drive walkway on Sunday.
TOI had highlighted the issue of clogged mangroves in its December 15 edition.
Daring all the chances, Murukesan TP, who received the PV Thampy Award this year for planting more than 40,000 mangrove saplings, his wife Geetha and his neighbors Sabu Venatt and Shibu Thuruthummel cleaned up all the waste stuck between the roots of the trees. mangroves along the 750m stretch at the north end of the walkway.
Wading through the roots of the mangroves along the walkway, Murukesan, Sabu and Shibu picked up each plastic in five a.m. and collected it in 40 bags with the support of environmentalists Geetha and Ranjith Thampy. Later the waste was transported to Brahmapuram with the help of Cochin company and CSML workers.
“Murukesan called me and expressed his willingness to clean up the walkway after learning about the threat of litter in the area. It was a difficult task as they collected the trash in the middle of the polluted water. We also plan to clear the areas around the mangroves along the Queen’s Walkway at Chathiyath Road in two days. As the section has now been cleaned up, authorities must ensure that visitors no longer dump waste on the water, ”Thampy said.
He suggested that the company or CSML can install mesh along the stretch to prevent visitors from dumping waste, install more trash cans and signs to raise awareness of the ecological devastation caused by the waste dumping.
Much of the plastic waste they collected was bottles and food packages. About 100 categories of waste, including baby napkins, sanitary napkins, bags and plastic bags were found stuck between the roots and it took five hours to collect all the waste. They also collected bags containing used gloves suggesting it had been used during the Covid period and dumped on the water, instead of scientifically treating it.
“The soles of my legs turned dark after wading through polluted water and sediment for five hours. We found that the plastic had stuck to the aerial roots, through which the mangroves suck air. The plastic makes it difficult for the roots to absorb air and thus poses a threat to the survival of the tree, ”said Murukesan.
Sabu and Shibu, both professional masons, also plant young mangrove trees. “Murukesan chettan told us about the threat to the mangroves along the Marine Drive walkway and put forward the idea of ​​a clean-up road. We gave him our support. We must protect the mangroves for our future generation. Even though my children are too young, they also support me in social work, ”explains Sabu.

Bryce K. Locke