Published on : Thursday, November 21, 2019
“Among the islands of Kadamakudy, it is Kothad that looks most like a city,” says Salini Babu, ward member of Kandanad and President of Kadamakudy panchayat, under which the island falls.
Kothad, houses about 1,500 families, is spread across three wards – Kothad, Kandanad and Korampadam. “Earlier, the three were different isles, separated by small canals. Over time, the canals grew narrower as land was reclaimed, and the region came to be called Kothad,” says M.F. Prasad, ward member of Kothad.
With its tidy rows of houses and concrete roads which transport the tourists in private buses from city to this place, the thickly populated Kothad has come a long way from its “everyone-knows-everyone-else-on-the-island” days.
Nowadays, employees of a multi-specialty hospital at close by Cheranalloor reside in rented spaces on the island as “homestays”, which serve the bystanders and patients looking for extended medical treatment at the hospital, are a flourishing business. Also, there is a tourist resort along with a homestay for tourists at Kothad, in addition to kayaking for adventure enthusiast in the waters encircling the island.
Land recovery and houses and other buildings mushrooming have changed the environment of the lush green isle, which used to remain dotted with paddy fields and prawn farms at one point of time. “There was more water than land at Kothad, just like the rest of Kadamakkudy,” says Prasad.
Walking along the tarred road, he pinpoints the spaces which had been canals and farmlands, a few decades back. Nowadays, they have been tucked away into history and the memories of old-timers. However, some portions of couple of canals have survived the attack, only to exist as mere shadows of their former selves – stagnant, clogged with plastic waste and forgotten.