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Thanneermukkom Bund

The Thanneermukkom Bund, considered the largest mud regulator in the country, was built as part of the Kuttanad Development Scheme. The huge construction is built across Lake Vembanad, the largest lake of the State, and divides the lake into two parts. It also connects the two districts of Kottayam and Alappuzha through the Thanneermukkam and Vechoor villages on either side of the bund.

The bund, which has a length of 1400 meters, is situated between 76° 23′ and 76° 25′E and 9° 40′B latitude. This includes a 470m-long reclaimed portion in the middle. The construction began in 1958 but completion of the project took many years. The western and eastern portions of the bund, with a length of 470 metres each, has 31 shutters on each side. The construction of these parts was completed in 1967.  In 1977, the government started building the middle part. Land had to be reclaimed from the backwaters to complete the construction. The shutters were connected on either side to control the entry of salt water.

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