Nileshwaram: The Theerthankara lake here, the biggest freshwater lake in Malabar, is dying a slow death, despite the intervention of agriculture minister V S Sunil Kumar.
During a visit to the Agriculture College, Padannakkad in March, the minister had informed Kanhangad municipal chairman V V Ramesan that an amount of Rs 1 crore would be sanctioned for the renovation of the lake.
The minister made the announcement when the pathetic state of the water body was brought to his attention.
The lake which was under the control of the ancient Kadinjathur Vishnu temple is now under the control of the Agriculture College.
However, a year since the announcement, the promises have hardly been kept.
A web of water hyacinth has engulfed the lake which, if rejuvenated, could be a major source of potable water.
The lake was taken over by the government when the temple authorities defaulted on payment of land tax.
Allocation was made for renovation and beautification of the lake based on the Prabhakaran panel recommendations.
However, the plan failed to take off.
The lake was earlier a clean water body which was also a favorite swimming arena.
With its bed covered in slush, the pond recharges the nearby farmlands and waterbodies including wells.