Shredder machine starts removing waterweed from Alappuzha-Changanassery canal
In a bid to find a lasting solution to the water hyacinth menace in Kuttanad, an aquatic weed cutter and shredder machine imported from the US has started removing the weeds from the Alappuzha-Changanassery canal.
The move to eradicate hyacinth using mechanical process follows several failed attempts including physical removal of fast-spreading waterweed.
According to officials, a portion of the canal between the Titanic bridge and Mambuzhakari bridge would be cleared on an experimental basis.
Earlier, Ramankary grama panchayat had earmarked ₹9.66 lakh for removing hyacinth from the waterbodies. A Kochi-based company bagged the tender. They imported the machine from the U.S.
The machine developed by Texas Aquatic Harvesting Company is capable of moving in two feet of water. It removes hyacinth and shreds them to pieces to convert it to manure.
The machine can remove around five acres of weeds in an hour.
The director and an engineer with the US-based company are in Ramankary to explain the functioning of the machine.
If found successful, the company is planning to bring more such machines from the U.S.
The accumulation of hyacinth in waterbodies has become a menace in this part of the region, affecting agriculture, tourism and boat services. Though saline water ingress during rainy season would kill the weed, constructions across the waterbodies prevented this from happening.
The rampant dumping of waste aided the growth of weeds, causing an ecological disaster.