Rev. Dr. Abraham Mulamoottil embarked on this project in the year 1981 when he joined as the Vicar of Pandankerry and Niranam.
Pandankerry is a remote village located in the upper Kuttanadu in Alleppey District. The major sources of livelihood of the people were farming and fishing and the entry mode of transport was inland navigation. The educationally backward people there were not in a position to think about any development options and the problem was compounded by the fact that they were isolated from towns. In addition to this, Pandankerry was a flood prone area and was inundated during the monsoons.
Fr. Mulamoottil mooted the idea of a road to the local people. He was instrumental in preparing a project proposal and sending it to Cebemo, a Dutch funding agency and Rs.1.25 Lakhs was sanctioned. He then faced the problem of convincing the local people to part with their land to construct the road. He also convinced them that the road could also be used as a bund so that they could cultivate twice a year, instead of just once which would then double their income and improve their quality of life. He was able to get the involvement of the entire village; the whole population helped in constructing the road-cum-bund.
This road cum bund is now the only road for travel to the nearby town. This has made it feasible for the children of Pandankerry to go to the nearby towns for their education, thereby enabling them to break out of the backwardness of the earlier years.
Fr. Mulamoottil also started a library at Pandankerry. The land for the library was gifted by the local people and some of them even contributed the daily newspaper and books. This library has ignited the lamp of learning for the people of Pandankerry.
Photographs of the existing road cum bund and few earlier pictures of Pandankerry