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October 19, 2005
Kerala's rivers have a short running span but significant ecological functions to perform from their points of origin in the Western Ghats. Periyar, the longest river of the state with a 244-km stretch, has already lost 22 per cent of its average flow
due to diversions. Another river - Bharathapuzha - has its flow reduced by 12 per cent on its 209-km long journey to the sea. Chalakudy, the 140-km long river, has been the biggest victim with 37 per cent reduction in its natural flow. The Kerala Minister
for Water resources and forests has said the Union Government cannot take a unilateral stand on the proposed Pampa-Achenkoil Interlinking.
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