The Hon’ble Finance Minister of Kerala, while delivering the revised Budget Speech for the financial year 2017-18 had emphasized that the proposed strategy to convert rivers themselves as reservoirs through regulators and check dams. It will be a solution for the influx of brackish water during summer. This intervention is found successful in Bharathapuzha, Periyar and Chaliyar. Therefore, for controlling brackish water and for reducing the intensity of drought in summer season an amount of Rs 600 crore will be invested from KIIFB for the construction of 30 regulators in suitable places along 20 rivers viz. Shiriya, Kuppam, Valapattanam, Ancharakkandi, Mahe, Kuttiyadi, Kadalundi, Moovattupuzha (Ithippuzha, Murinjapuzha, Poothotta), Achankovil, Manimala, Vamanapuram, Karamana etc.”
Cabinet approved the proposal of construction of goan model bandhras for storage of water on experimental basis.
About 37 locations were identified in the above river basins for the construction of bandharas. Accordingly the Government of Kerala have accorded in principle Administrative Sanction for taking up and executing the construction of Bandhara across the following rivers: