Funded under the Natural Hazard Mitigation and Management sub-scheme of the KSDMA plan funds, the project intents to identify and provide financial support to model water conservation projects. The project funds are exclusively for structural mitigation of selected ponds in the State. State Disaster Response Fund and KSDMA Plan funds are used for this project with scientific and long manner planning. Some landmark outputs under the concept of this scheme are:
• Ente Kulam Ernakulam, 2016: Cleaned 51 ponds in various panchayaths of Ernakulam district with the help of ‘Anbodu Kochi’, a social media group of likeminded individuals. This may be the first scheme in the country which would have leveraged a social media group for disaster risk reduction
• Kulma Koru Biriyani Tharam scheme of Kozhikode district, 2016: Cleaned 26 ponds under this scheme. Schemes implemented under this project vide GO (Rt) No. 5788/2015/DMD dated 4-11-2015 are:
- Onetime grant from plan funds sanctioned for implementing a model drought mitigation project in Vadakarapathy panchayath, Palakkad by National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Akkulam, Thiruvananthapuram as a model project to develop a perennial fresh water source in Kerala’s most drought prone area, the Vadakarapathy Panchayath.
- Onetime grant to District Disaster Management Authority, Ernakulam for the renovation of Thumbasssery chira, Mazhuvanoor Grama Panchayath, with a timeline of 1 year for implementation as per the estimates submitted by Assistant Engineer, Minor Irrigation, Pattimattom.