Kottayam: Jayarajan of Kummanam in Kottayam is prepared even if floods were to ravage his land again.
C D Jayarajan has managed to build a boat using PVC pipes and believes that it can be used for relief efforts during the floods. He got to work after his children, Sooran and Dheeraj, pestered him for a boat to go fishing during the lockdown days.
Three 6m PVC pipes and iron rods were used to make the boat. Four people can sit on the 8.5-ft long and 4.5-ft wide boat at once. It took him just two hours to set up the boat. He made the boat himself as fibre boats and country boats were expensive.
The manufacturing cost is Rs 16,000. The friends of his sons also helped him.
Jayaraj has also made a small two-seater boat using PVC pipes.
Jayaraj's mother Sarojiniamma and wife Sindhu too fully backed the initiative.