by Special Correspondent
Minister for Rural Development K.C. Joseph has said that the State government plans to adopt a waste-treatment system based on German technology for civic bodies in the State.
He was speaking at a meeting of political party representatives here on Saturday to discuss the agitation launched by the people of Chelora against the Kannur municipality's waste dump there.
Mr. Joseph said that of the three garbage treatment systems that had been proposed for solving the burning issue of waste disposal faced by various civic bodies in the wake of local protests against garbage dumping yards, the German technology-based system was found suitable.
He said that though the government had examined various other systems of waste treatment, the one using the German technology was found useful and appropriate for the situation in the State.
The meeting of political party leaders and representatives of the action council spearheading the agitation against the dump at Chelora was convened to discuss the issue and end the agitation. The action committee, however, abstained from the meeting.
The agitation against the dumping yard, which started on December 26 last, has brought waste disposal in the municipality to a standstill.
The agitation began as a protest against the municipality's delay in implementing a water supply scheme for the people living near the dump.
Municipal authorities alleged that the action committee leaders were abstaining from talks convened for resolving the issue.
Mr. Joseph said the government required six months for finding a lasting solution to the garbage disposal issue not only in Kannur but also in other parts of the State. He urged the protesting local people at Chelora to cooperate with the municipality to end the agitation.